There may come a time in your life where you just aren’t getting the same joy out of your job as you did when you began. Don’t feel bad about this; it’s normal. We are all human, and sometimes our situation, lifestyle, and passions change over time.
If the moment has come where you no longer feel happy to wake up and go to work; it might be time for a career change. It will be daunting, and possibly difficult to change your career path, but in the end, you’ll find a new, exciting world laid out for you, and you’ll be able to learn and develop in a job you love.
The first thing to think about when looking for change is the reasons why you want that change. Is it the job itself? Or is it the commute, the stress or the lack of progression? Consider discussing with your employer before making any decisions, as they may offer you a different role, or training to stimulate your mind.
Decide What You Want
Take the time in the evenings to work out what it is that you are passionate about, and where your skills will be most useful. You could research courses online using university programs such as Penn State World Campus. You could retake classes at school to earn your grades to get into medical schools, and even use LinkedIn to connect with professionals in your chosen field and ask them for advice. Once you know what it is you want to achieve, you just need to learn the skills, gain some experience if possible and make the leap.
Find Your Ideal Job
You can check out our post- 5 Tips for Securing Your Dream Job to give you advice on what to say and how to sell yourself to your prospective employers. You may not be the most qualified person applying for the job you are after, but if you have the passion, drive, and dedication- you can still get ahead of your competitors.
You can ask friends and family to check over your resume, to make sure you are adding in all the essential points and selling yourself to the best of your ability.
Take Your Time
Just because you have decided to make a change in your life, doesn’t mean you must quit your job on Friday and move straight into your desired career the following week. Stay working at your old job while you take any relevant courses, go to night school and search for your new career. It isn’t a race; it’s a marathon.
Deciding to make a change in your career can be the most exhilarating and rewarding things you’ll ever do, but make sure it’s for the best reasons and that you are moving into the right industry for you. You spend on average 70% of your week at work, so make sure that the time is spent doing something you genuinely love. You deserve to be happy, and a happy worker is a more successful one!