Monday, July 24, 2017

You're Not Satisfied with Your Career? Change It!

Tracey Clayton is here to share some ideas on what to do if you find yourself unhappy in your current position. I loved this advice, I often find myself dreaming of something different.

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“So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working, every single day of my life has been worse than the day before it. So that means that every single day that you see me, that’s on the worst day of my life.” Peter Gibbons, Office Space (1999)
If your work is making you feel the same as poor old Peter Gibbons, a character from the 1999 comedy movie Office Space, then perhaps it is the perfect time to reconsider your career choice. Making enough money to lead a good life is the main purpose of a job, but when does your personal satisfaction come into play and is it even important? Of course it is. Doing a job you don’t like can make you more stressed out and lead to a number of physical and mental issues. However, it is understandable that making the big leap of changing your career is also stressful. So let us help you weigh your options.



Is staying on your current job worth it?

This is the first thing you should ask yourself if you are considering a career change. Are there any good sides of your current employment, besides the fact that it is a relatively secure position? Are there enough pros to outweigh the cons? Keep in mind, though, that not all pros and cons weigh the same. Sure, financial stability is important, but compared to your health, it is hardly a priority. If you are feeling miserable and sad every time you need to leave your bed and go to work, there is no amount of money in this world that could compensate for that. If your job is sucking the life out of you and making you feel insecure about every little decision you make, the consequences of long-term exposure to such emotions could be devastating. So, to answer the main question: it is not worth it.

It’s OK to be afraid

We are all afraid of change, and it is perfectly normal to feel fear especially if you’ve been doing the same job for years and you are already used to all the negativity that comes along with it. Still, sometimes you have to break the circle. Don’t shy away from fear, embrace it. Use it to remain realistic. Without fear, you would quit your job without even considering what to do next. This way, you can start exploring your options and planning your future while still getting your monthly paycheck.



What do you really want to do?

This is something you should decide before you actually quit your current job. It is the answer that sets apart reality from daydreaming, so be prepared to actually think everything through. Discovering your true profession becomes more difficult with years, but you can try to identify it by remembering what you loved when you were a kid, or try considering the things you are good at. Once you have one, or a few choices, think about how realistic they are. Maybe you will not be able to fulfill your childhood dream of being an astronaut, but becoming a journalist is not that far out of your reach.



Now go for it!

After a period of extensive consideration and preparations, it is the perfect time to actually leave your old job behind, and pursue your dreams elsewhere. At the beginning, it will not be what you were hoping for, since most jobs require experience and for some, you must obtain a degree, but after that, you will have a lifetime to do what you love. If you need to start university, begin on time since all university admissions call for impressive knowledge and training, and perhaps you will need some assistance with that. You should also be willing to volunteer at first and absorb all the knowledge you can get. After that, getting your dream job shouldn’t be so difficult.

You are not condemned to spend your days in an office you hate, doing a job that makes you feel miserable and putting up with your demanding boss. There are no chains binding you to that position, all you need to do is decide to make a change.



About author:

Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids, and offers helpful advice in hers parenting articles. She’s also passionate about fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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