You Don’t Have to Settle in Your Professional Life Just for the Paycheck
We spend a lot of time at work. So, it makes sense that our jobs would play a big role in our life satisfaction. If you’re not happy in your career, you’re probably not living your best life. It’s easy to feel there’s nothing you can do about a job you dislike, especially in an uncertain economy. However, small adjustments and some preparation can allow you to make a change for the better. You don’t have to settle if you don’t want to. I do know of some cases that are understandable where the pay, lifestyle fit, or benefits are amazing, and the remaining time commitment is relatively short. If that’s not the case for you, these steps can help you transition into a new career.
Assess Your Skills
First, you’ll want to take an inventory of your skills, both in your career and those that are transferable, in order to get an idea of your current qualifications. This assessment also gives you a clearer picture of your interests and where you want to go. Get as detailed as possible so that you can be prepared to undertake the next phase of career exploration, which is researching your options. Knowing what type of work you’re most interested in is crucial to finding the best opportunities for you.
Do Your Research
Once you have an idea of the type of career you seek, you’ll want to begin your research. Consider, first, the area in which you live. You’ll want to find out if the work you desire is sustainable in that geographic region. You’ll also need to know what type of pay you can expect, how difficult it is to get into the field, and whether you’ll need additional education or training to enter. If you’re considering starting your own business, look into the costs and activities required to do that, along with relevant market research to determine such things as target demographic and need for product.
Make Some Cuts
You don’t need to have everything completely planned and in place. This type of transition is quite an endeavor and will take time. There’s no need to feel overwhelmed. In fact, my hope is you’ll be excited at your options and opportunities. You will likely have to consider making some cuts and sacrifices in your current lifestyle in order to be able to afford to make a change. Perhaps you’ll want to downsize your home, pay off some debts, or reduce some unnecessary luxuries. Finally, be prepared for things to go according to plan B and leave room for contingencies.