FOUR MONTHS FOR CAREER

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“Where are going in your career?”


GO FOR WHAT YOU KNOW

Over the next four months, I will be sharing with you my ideas and views on a career. Building a career and having a career. I myself am on the path of trying to build my career this year. I will be working on portrait photography as well as Creative Direction. All the while working on my screenplays that I will be submitting into contest. Now, what are your career paths in life?


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FOR LOVE: SHOULD YOU QUIT A JOB FOR YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER

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“Which one means more to you?”


for the one you love

Here is the question for today, and that is would you choose a significant other over your career? A lot of people in today’s society would say that this is something that is a big mistake. But if you talk to people from a different generation they might say otherwise. And the reason for this change in society today would have to be because no one want to depend on the next person for anything. And also, there is the idea that what if the relationship does not work itself out. Then you are stuck thinking in your mind why didn’t I take that opportunity that came my way that was turned down prior.

bad decisions

Just understand something people about giving up your career for someone you love. Things have been known to happen, and the problem with this is that you’re stuck in a bad situation. So let it be known that you have to have a backup plan before you decide to give up opportunities. Because people tend to change over time and you don’t want that regret thought in your mind. On the hand, it could workout for you in the end. You could actually find someone that might make you feel a certain way that it’s worth it.

make the move, drop the career

It can hurt some people, but staying for someone and leaving the gig could prove to be beneficial if the person is worth it. Some people might call you crazy for choosing a person over the career, and yes, it is dice, but if it works out, it could be better than the gig. For those that don’t have great relationships, they may encourage otherwise. You just have to do hat is in your best interest not other people looking to get involved.


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THE HOOKUP: GETTING A JOB AS MEANS OF A RECOMMENDATION

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“Sometimes you need to know someone.”


not always what you know

People are always focusing on their qualifications for a job, but they are not really paying attention to the connections. Ever hear that saying, I ain’t what you know but who?” Well,  what happens when you don’t know anyone that can get you through the door? You now have to figure out a way to get noticed so that you you can be noticed by people who can aid you on your road to success. But, what if you never come in contact with those gate keepers? Does that mean you can never succeed in life? There is always a way around the obstacle to get to where you have to go.

you are the plug

What happens when you are the one that everyone wants to go to because you have the connections. Then you have not only a power position, but you are the one that has to deal with the upset when you say no to people. Trust and believe, it will happen because you can’t say no everyone. Because everyone think they are qualified for a role, but they are not. And you hate to be the one to tell them they are what is needed for a role. But you are also the one to tell them that you cannot recommend a job because deep down inside you know what that other organization is looking for. But you could also be wrong about this; I mean you are basing it on your own views of the person. People have been known to change.

unrelated yet similar in statement

When you are receiving a letter of recommendation, and each person has similar statements, yet unrelated, that says a lot. Especially if you have not been working with this organization for a while. That means you were a very memorable person. Memorable enough where they could write something compelling even after you left because there was a good impression by yourself.


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RESPECT THE PROCESS: PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED IT’S NOT OVERNIGHT

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“People just don’t know.”


they don’t realize how long

People who see you as successful take for granted where you are in your life. They see your life and don’t realize the time it took for you to get to that place in your life. So it becomes easy for them to say certain things and make certain assumptions about your life. But the reality is, you haven’t seen them in a long time for nothing. They have been working tirelessly for years to get to this position. But you as that person standing from afar don’t know this because you are busy living it up. You work, come home, watch television, and sleep. And when you are not working, you are hanging with friends. This person is on the top of their game gave any time they weren’t sleep to working.

it looks overnight to you

The Earth moves at approximately 66,667 miles per hour through the universe. Yet we have no ability to feel this as we move about through our daily lives. Well, why don’t we, and relativity has a lot do with it. Relativity has a lot to do with so much of the way in which we look at the world around us. And the same applies to the way we look at people’s lives who have careers. Their lives relative to ours looks one way, in reality it is something different. Because where each of us stand relative to the other clouds our perception of the world around us. So in my eyes you became successful due to someone giving you something, but the reality is, you got an opportunity long after you struggled.

easy when you didn’t build it

There is a reason I am hesitant to ask people for money. Because I understand how hard it is to make an income for myself. But people who don’t respect what you do, it becomes easy for them to make request that are unreasonable. And that is when you have to step back and look at them in a different light. Because you are not responsible for someone else’s existence.


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WHAT ARE YOU DOING, I’M DOING NOTHING: HOW TO NOT LET OTHERS SUCCESS DISTRACT YOU

“Worry about yourself.”


career pursuit

There is no real road map to success. And if there were a lot more people would be where they want to be in life. Problem is, the road to success is paved by you and only you. People can give you advice, but it’s ultimately up to you in how you use that information. Yet along the path to success we can’t help ourselves sometimes. We have to look at others lives and compare ourselves to them based on where we are at in life. Because everyone else’s lives seem to be so much more than what we are doing. And a lot of times we base this on social media. Someone post a photo on vacation while we are struggling, we assume their lives are great.

you do you

As I said before about comparing yourself, you have to focus in on your life. Because you can’t based where you’re at on someone else. Because you don’t know how long they’ve been working to get to where they are in life. We only see the now, we don’t see all the time put in; only the person sees that. And what happens when you are so focused on them, you lose the sight of what you need to be doing. And once you lose your focus, then it becomes easier for you to waste time, and now years have gone by. And what you could have been, you’re not.

for show or for real

When we see other people live their lives, is it all its cracked up to be? We make assumptions and don’t know the real life struggle. Their are people in life I found out were terminal, and smiled through all their photos. So what does living the life really mean? So all you can do is focus on your career moves. Just seeing someone in a suit and tie doesn’t mean much. A lot of jobs I had in a suit and tie were not white collar gigs. But many jobs I had were usher type of positions. I was also on my way to an interview dressed nice. So know and understand when something is real or fake. But me on my way to an interview is not a facade. Now if I post a photo on Instagram in a suit and tie holding a bottle of Dom Perignon, that is fake. And people at times buy into the context of the photo.  So find your place in life and persevere.


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MAKE THE MOVE: ARE YOU READY TO JUMP TO ANOTHER CITY FOR A JOB

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“Packed and ready to go.”


the jump

When I first moved to New York City was to attend graduate school pursuing my MBA in Management. And along the way I found myself getting into writing and filmmaking. Yet most people make the jump into a city for a job opportunity. But is this always the best options when choosing a career? Because most people want to find a job wherever it is they are from, or went to college. You’re from the state of Indiana, most people stay. You from Indiana and went to college in Miami, chances are you will live in Miami after college. But let’s assume for a moment you want to make the leap to a new city. How shall you prepare yourself?

the big city

For most people who move, they go from living in a small city to a big city, or big city to big city. Wherever you go, make sure you visit the location first to see if you’d like it. So many people move to a new location they hate. And even with a good job awaiting you, the location can make or break you. Meaning, the lifestyle of Los Angeles is different from the life a person living in Houston. You’re jumping from the liberal California coast to the conservative south. Another aspect of moving to the new city is making sure the money being offered will grant you the same, if not a better life. For example, if you are being offered $100,000 to work in New York City, but make $90,000 in Chicago. Staying in Chicago might be worth unless the new jump has other better incentives.

along for the ride

For me, moving to New York City was easier than someone in a relationship, with kids, or both. Imagine getting a great opportunity in another city, yet your spouse is doing well in the current city and the schools are good in the present location. And in this moment you could actually see families torn apart. Now, if you live here in New York City and the job is in New Jersey, then it’s not that big of a deal. But if you live in D.C., but the job is in Phoenix, that’s a problem. So hopefully you have an understanding person you’re dating or married to.


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MAKING GOOD MONEY: HOW COME PEOPLE DON’T HAVE A MORE DECLARATIVE CAREER EXPLANATION

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“We all want it, but what is good money?”


Ever hear people who are either unemployed or looking for work while on a job say they want to make good money. What exactly is a good job or good money? We all have a different perspective on what that means, but no one can define it in an entirety. So when I hear people say they need a “job” making “good” money I pause. For me, I am currently pursuing my goals of becoming a successful writer (screenplays, playwrights, novels, and blogger), filmmaker, photographer, and podcaster. I would like to make at least $60,000 per year as a start to work for myself. I have given myself 10 years to break into my career as a writer/filmmaker. I am currently at year five almost six. And there you have it, a nice basic understanding for what my goals are in a career. But I always hear these very vague ideas of what it is that people want from life.

I said in an earlier post that adults who need jobs are like crying babies. You can’t communicate with a baby when it’s crying because the baby can’t talk. Only problem with adults is that we can talk. And unlike the baby where you have to give the baby milk, rock the baby, and do all these activities to guess the problem, it’s not the case with adults. A fully grown adult should know more than a baby their problem that is bothering them. And that is the problem with the I need a good paying job inquiry. What job? Paying what? What time period to get to that point? What is your level of expertise? Is this something you really enjoy doing? Do you have the stomach to build in your career choice? So many people don’t know the answers to any of these questions because they lack self-awareness. And that is the main problem.

Because when trying to look for employment, you have to first acknowledge the skills you possess. You can’t just say I need a job and expect people to know your skills. I know what I am good at in this world. It’s not my job to know your strengths and weaknesses. It’s not my job to give you a certain level of skills. Your job is to show me what it is you can do. That is what I mean by self awareness. By a certain age, you should have some level of degree to which you know your skills. That’s why the whole find a job, get a job is very vague. If I realized that my skill is writing, then I am going to pursue my writing career. If there are other skills I have, I’ll pursue those as well. You should pursue whatever you find that is a skill of yours that you not only love, but in the long term can make an income performing.

In the end, not having a firm understanding of who you are is going to be the defining outcome. If you don’t know what you are good at then who does. It’s your brain, you know what your mind wraps around. And if your mind does not wrap around the concept of anything, you’re not going to be hired even if someone was offering jobs. You should know to some degree what career title you want, income associated, and years to rise to another position. And it all comes together in knowing how to put yourself in the know of whatever it is you want to do in life.


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