"Follow your heart" - what sounds like a hackneyed motivational fridge sticker to some is reality to others. Why do some people manage to do the impossible and others not?
We introduce people who inspire us in every way: who have made their dream their profession and followed their heart. Just like we did back then with Airpaq, when it was time to go from the lecture hall to self-employment.
Nessie and happiness - A plea for more courage.
Already in school, Nessie had consolidated the dream of becoming a chimney sweep. Following her intuition, she began her first internship. When she took a look at the internship during school, it quickly became clear: "Only men become chimney sweeps? What was a girl doing there? Fortunately, there was only headwind from her classmates. "You as a girl in such a job, that doesn't work out anyway...". And the more headwinds came, the clearer it became to Nessie that "Yes, I want to do that! Because the manual activities in the fresh air, plus the knowledge of physical laws combined with modern nature conservation and energy supply, are exactly Vanessa's themes. She is completely absorbed in this activity and decides to continue. Another internship followed. During the third internship as a young woman, the next interjection came, and this from another female colleague of all people: "Either you remain a petite girl in a summer dress or you get a strong back through the profession and become more masculine." Phew, that's an announcement for femininity! Vanessa advises today to make decisions not only with the head, but also with the heart and the stomach.
Just try it
Nessie has neither pretended nor conformed, but has gone her way authentically. And with great success. She successfully bridges the gap between her own femininity and the classic male profession. Every now and then she graces a month in the "female chimney sweep calendar" and that in professional clothing, but in the meantime she has even become the campaign face of the Otto underwear brand 'Lascana' and also for us, at Airpaq, we were allowed to use her for our new „Only Snow White“ photograph Capsule Collection.
Vanessa has learned for herself to no longer be afraid of failure or what others consider 'the norm'. Also on Instagram she deals with gender roles and their meaning, speaks especially to women to have the courage to prove themselves and stay true to themselves, and consistently advocates for equal treatment in the profession. And at the same time, she advertises her dream job.
Dust off luck
Besides the common opinion that crafts would not be worthwhile, Nessie is happy with her life and also passes on a lot of her luck. Dusting off luck succeeds, for example, by turning the buttons on the jacket or touching the chimney sweep directly on the shoulder. For the kids there's also like a black nose. So at the turn of the year, Nessie regularly stands with her colleagues on the Heumarkt in Cologne and welcomes the new year with her message of good luck.
Fortunately there's the chimney sweep
A social mission is also involved, because for Nessie the best part of the job is the contact with people. At the same time, it can also be the most challenging. As we all know, it can be easier to share your suffering with strangers. Sometimes even easier than with people you know. The visit of the chimney sweep master then quickly turns into a chat. She listens, they laugh together, but she also encourages them or listens to the problems of her customers. And sometimes there's even a treat or two in the bargain. Because there's one thing Nessie is in any case: a sweet tooth. And apparently word gets around, because the one or other breakfast table is then also set for Nessie. "That's what makes my job for me - the wonderful and warm contact with people." Because enjoyment of the work is the most important factor for Nessie, after all, you work quite a long time in life. And doing it just for the money wouldn't be worth the investment. Because money can never replace time.
The Path to the Dream Job isn't always straightforward
If you have already found your dream job, then you can consider yourself really lucky. After all, we spend a very long time in our lives with our job. Most people don't feel the same way we do about Airpaq or Nessie. But the good thing is, nothing is forever. For example, Martin, our communications professional at Airpaq, also did something completely different as a "banker" for many years.In his Artikel
in the magazine of the sustainable job platform GoodJobs he deals with the search for meaning: his own and those who want to find an alternative there.
Nessie has found her dream job as a chimney sweep in the trades. There's even another 130 alternatives: 130 weitere Alternativen. –
and who would doubt even today that craft makes sense?
Go to some pictures of the Airpaq campaign with Vanessa here
and of course on our Instagram-Kanal.