Going through your workdays with a sense of disappointment and lack of fulfillment is not easy. At the beginning of your career, you probably felt like you were on track, very ambitious and ready to conquer. Now, you wonder how you missed the signs that the career you chose wasn’t for you and the job you are in is leading you nowhere slowly...
If you are in a position where your current career is unrewarding, it doesn’t have to be the one you stay in for the rest of your life. You can break away from where you are today and start planning to move on to something more fulfilling and aligned to your true purpose and passion. It won’t be easy will take effort, simply because you are transitioning from your comfort zone to the "unknown" but you’re more than capable of doing it.
Follow these steps to start heading in the direction of a new career:
1. Do some soul-searching. Soul-searching allows you to identify reasons why your current career is unrewarding and identify which career options might truly make you happy. Take time to get to know yourself deeper and uncover your true passion.
• Sometimes, temporary inconveniences at work can be misleading. They can convince you that it's time to move on when you really just need to push harder. Once you're convinced that's not the case, you can start looking at more suitable careers.
• It's important to avoid tying material gain to career choices. Ideally, you want a career that gives a deep sense of fulfillment. If you doubt you'll get that fulfillment along with the financial gain, move on to something else.
2. Align your choices with your passion. The things you're passionate about usually make the most rewarding careers.
• Going the passionate route means that you'll be doing things that cater to your inner happiness. Align your options with the things that bring you true joy in your personal, career and spiritual life.
• When you work in a career that you're passionate about, you're more likely to push through the rough times. You know you are in the right space when what you are passionate about makes you happy and you could do it for "nothing" simply because you wake up feeling purposeful every day.
3. Find part-time opportunities. Once you've identified a career that appeals to you, if you fear making drastic changes-take a cautious step into it. Adding a part-time job allows you to test the waters while still earning a full-time income in your current career and managing your responsibilities.
• It's unwise to completely give up your current career. Exercise a little patience while you assess the new career choice part-time.
• Part-time work allows you to gain the experience necessary to apply for a full-time job. Although your classroom knowledge is valuable, employers like to see hands-on experience.
4. Make the change in steps. When you feel you've gotten enough experience in your new field, take steps to pull out of your current career.
• One important step is revising your resume to show valid experience. Once that is done, send it out to potential employers.
• Have a heart to heart discussion with your current employer about your desire to move on. Ensure you offer enough notice, so they’re still willing to give you a good recommendation.
• Ensure your last few months in your current field are your most worthwhile ones. Before moving on, leave your mark as someone who works diligently, regardless of your personal feeling about the field.
With your natural potential, there's very little that's beyond your scope. Your drive and belief in yourself is enough to get you to where you want to go.
Use this process to get you into your dream career. Keep pushing through, even if it gets difficult along the way. Pretty soon, you'll be out of that unrewarding career and in one that gives you complete satisfaction!
Remember these words...
“Success always comes when preparation meets opportunity”- Henry Hartman