Why Your Job Hunt Isn’t Like Barry the Bee’s, Part I

Have you seen the Bee Movie? With Sex and the City being all the rage this week, I don’t image that an older release/kid’s movie is exactly top of mind for most theater goers. However, the Bee Movie had a lot of great lessons for job seekers. (Who would have thunk it?)

In case you’re not familiar, here’s a brief synopsis:

Having just graduated from college, a bee by the name of Barry B. Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) finds himself disillusioned with the prospect of having only one career choice – honey. As he ventures outside of the hive for the first time, he breaks one of the cardinal rules of the bee world and talks to a human, a New York City florist named Vanessa (Renée Zellweger). He is shocked to discover that the humans have been stealing and eating the bees’ honey for centuries, and ultimately realizes that his true calling in life is to set the world right by suing the human race for stealing their precious honey.

I hadn’t realized all of the great career themes in this movie! There is a telling scene when Barry and his bee buddy are on a roller coaster tour of the hive designed to help them choose their life-long vocation. Yes, a graduate bee must pick a career for the REST OF HIS LIFE. Of course, choices in the hive are somewhat limited. (Can you say, “make honey?”) In an insular world of the hive, it’s all about ONE choice for life. You don’t get to be a worker bee and later switch to being a pollen seeker…Choose wrong, and you are doomed.

Barry Bee strikes out on his own, but in his naivete, he makes a mess of things when he tries to save all of the honey for the bees. (Think “the end of the world as we know it.”)

Compared to the bees, human job seekers have a walk in the park! Just think – you don’t have to commit to a job for life. If you decide to take an atypical career path (as Barry ultimately did), you probably do not have the potential to destroy life as we know it on earth (as Barry almost did).

Recently, I’ve worked with several clients who are exploring career options in a variety of fields. It’s important for them (and you, if you are considering a job hunt) to realize that there may be no “perfect” job or career, but that’s okay! Your job choices are not carved in stone…Jobs, like the rest of life, are as fluid as you allow them to be.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog with more reasons not to stress too much about your job hunt!

Keppie Careers will help you relieve job hunting stress. Take a load off of your mind and hire us to navigate the job search process: www.keppiecareers.com.


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