Finding the perfect job. That was sort of my ideal picture a couple months ago. But first I needed a break, even though I didn’t realise that back in September, and now I am not so convinced anymore that the perfect job exists. There is no such thing as a perfect job and the sociologist in me says: ‘too many variables’. But there is the search, the hope, the dream that at some point, things are going to work out. In the mean time, I’ll let Paulo Coelho quotes inspire me to keep dreaming.

“My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

“Every second of the search is an encounter with God,” the boy told his heart.

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him,” his heart said. “We, people’s hearts, seldom say much about those treasures, because people no longer want to go in search of them. We speak of them only to children. Later, we simply let life proceed, in its own direction, toward its own fate. But, unfortunately, very few follow the path laid out for them—the path to their destinies, and to happiness. Most people see the world as a threatening place, and, because they do, the world turns out indeed, to be threatening place.

“So, we, their hearts, speak more and more softly. We never stop speaking out, but we begin to hope that our words won’t be heard: we don’t want people to suffer because they don’t follow their hearts.”

Today was a day filled with job interviews. Besides the exitcement, and slight exhaustion, they always get me thinking about the next step. But first things first. In yesterday’s blog  I promised you to explain a bit more about some of these new steps. I already wrote a story about a month ago on volunteers and what we can learn from them. That love comes from my Master thesis research. I wrote about voluntary work with refugees and asylum seekers and discovered my passion for voluntary organisations and the vulnerable power of volunteers.

That is a passion that I get to work with at my traineeship. In an office named after one of my favourite books in the world, the Alchemist from Paulo Coelho. Being a trainee is the perfect combination of learning and working. I get to do that at a company called Het Rooster which would roughly translate with ‘the schedule’.

– Mini-writing break due to distracting cat –

So right now, I can’t keep writing, because Charlie is climbing on my lap and licking my fingers. This young cat moved in on the same day that I did and we’ve been getting along so far, but this is the first time she actually climbed on my lap. Now she is just staring at my fingers typing these words, and I am waiting till she is going to start playing with the keys here self. (She just did, but it’s probably really annoying the read the rest of this blog in caps lock.)

Okay, back to the company I work for. It all started about 10 years ago. Lennart, how created the online scheduling tool, came up with the idea based upon his own work at a shelter for homeless. As a hobby, he kept making new online planners for other organisations and small companies. A year ago, he made the decision to start working full time and to help more and more organisations in scheduling, so they can spend their time in what they really want to do.

So the next few months, I’ll be working on social media, visiting clients and getting new organisations to join. Sales and marketing basically. That might sound odd for a sociologist or even weirder if you know me personally, yet I am convinced that those days in the week that I spend at the Alchemist are going to be fantastic.

Besides this job, I am now making concrete plans on what to do with the rest of the hours. That is where the Paulo Coelho also come in useful. The perfect job doesn’t exist. But if I am scared and afraid, I am definitely never going to find anyone that even just comes remotely close. I never imagined working at an IT company. But now I am. We all have treasures that await us. The big question is whether we are scared of the suffering or scared of searching.

The world is a threatening place. Perfect jobs aren’t handed to you an gold platter. You’ll have to after them, create them and make them better. The search never ends as long as you keep dreaming. And sometimes, along the way you’ll reach a point where you feel home and feel like you can make a bit of a dream come true. And you’ll know you are on the road to success.