This Job and Shove It --In the Right Direction
you listening to that little voice in your head telling you how much you dislike
your job? If not, you may become angry with those around you, when in fact,
you'll be angry at yourself for failing to taking the necessary steps to change
your career -- or job within the same industry. Career change is not always
easy. For some, the simple task of deciding what to do is often the hardest
part. For others who know what they want to do, they often feel it will take too
long to achieve their career goals when there are bills to pay.
It is even more difficult when those around us do not understand our "crazy
ideas" because they are too practical to make sacrifices for the sake of
happiness. So what should you do to steer your career in the right direction
without upsetting the family and draining your bank account? Here are a few
suggestions to get you on the right career track to job fulfillment.
Work for yourself
Don't quit your day job just yet. Launching a business is a challenge in
itself. Regardless of size, any worthwhile business takes a lot of planning,
development, and maintenance to compete and stay in business. The key to
successful business ownership begins with a passion to do something you enjoy,
followed by a financial investment that depends on the business. Sometimes it is
minimal, requiring a small space and general office equipment. For larger
ventures, a business loan from a bank or the SBA might be necessary.
takes time to turn a profit right away. So, if you can, start small while
working full time and gradually build your business until you feel secure enough
financially to leave that steady paycheck to take your business to the next
level. You can always hire part-time employees, student interns, friends, and
family members to help you in the beginning and in the long run.
Attend college or vocational training school
You don't always need to attend college full time. If you took a few
classes each semester, you'd be amazed how happy you'd be just knowing you are
working towards your goal. And, it doesn't always need to be a four-year
college. Maybe there is a vocational school that offers the type of academic
training you need to make a career change in a shorter period of time for a
fraction of the cost. Other options include distance learning programs where you
can study in the comfort of your own home at your own pace. Visit our Education
resources section under Career Links to research more on distance learning.
Change jobs internally
Sometimes happiness is only a department away! If you work for a
proactive company that posts job openings internally, this might be the perfect
opportunity for you to change careers while growing with the same company. Your
career change can be very drastic if you have a supportive company that is
willing to train you. Best of all, they might even pay for you to attend college
to prepare you for that career change. If they don't post internally, keep your
ears open to learn about new business development within the company. Speak with
your human resources representative to inquire about career growth opportunities
and what you need to do to make a career change internally.
Create a position at your current company
Sometimes you know better than anyone in the company what is needed. If
you can put a business plan together to present to management illustrating how
this new idea would benefit the company financially and logistically, you might
succeed at creating a new position--or even a new department! This is a great
way to do what you do best in a new capacity because you will be the person who
will determine what the job description will be! Pretty cool!
Transition to a new career by answering a classified ad
Again, don't quit your job just yet. You are always more
marketable when you have a job. If you are ready to
take drastic measures to find overnight career happiness, you should have your
resume and cover letter
professionally prepared to answer those classified ads in the newspaper or
Even if you are just exploring the possibility of changing
careers, this is a good exercise to see how marketable
you are (how much money you can make), develop your interviewing skills, and to
learn about what's out there beyond
the walls of your office cubicle!
Go back to what you used to do--and love Sounds
crazy right? How many times have you heard someone say, "I used to work doing
such and such.
It didn't pay that well, but I loved it." It is not uncommon to
leave what we love because it doesn't pay the bills.
Money seems like everything these days. But, when we're unhappy, we know it's
really not. We need to find a
compromise--something we enjoy doing that will make us want to get up every
morning so we can live that old adage
that claims you'll never work a day in your life if you work at doing what you love.