Updated: Apr 14
Going through your workdays with a sense of disappointment is tough. At the beginning of your career, you probably felt like you were on track. Now, you wonder how you missed the signs that the path you chose isn’t for you.
You can break away from where you are today and move on to something more fulfilling. It will take effort, but you’re more than capable of having a career you love. Follow these steps to start steering your career in a new direction:
Do some soul-searching.
Soul-searching allows you to identify reasons why your career is unrewarding and identify which career options might truly make you happy. 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.
Align your career 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.
When you work in a career that you’re passionate about, you’re more likely to push through the rough times.
Once you’ve identified a career that appeals to you, 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 role. 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.
Make the change in steps.
When you feel you’ve gotten enough experience in your new field, take steps to change directions. 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 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!