Many people spend almost half their waking hours in a career or at a job that makes them unhappy, yet they don't know how to change their situation. Often they make excuses like, "I need the money" or "I've worked too hard to get where I'm at to leave now." As a result, they get "stuck" in a job they hate, causing stress and draining their energy.
As a Career Coach, my greatest challenge is helping clients realize they have choices. They often can't see the costs of staying in a bad situation, like stress-related health problems, negative impacts on their family and personal life, anger and resentments or destructive behaviors like drinking and over-spending. They also can't see the benefits of doing something they love, like increased self-esteem, personal fulfillment and a healthier, happier life.
If you are feeling stuck or struggling in a job/career that you dislike, here are a few questions to answer as you consider making a career change:
- What makes you feel good?
- What are you passionate about?
- If you could do anything, what would it be?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your skills?
- What additional skills do you need to be successful in your dream job?
- How can you gain those skills?
Most people are not in a situation where they can just quit their job and do what they want to do, but with planning and a little patience, they can make the change. I have clients who have made a career change and they are happier than they could have imagined. I've gone through the process myself and I'm finally doing what I love … and so can you. All it takes is courage, preparation and a solid transition plan.
If you need help identifying and transitioning to your ideal career, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You deserve a happy and fulfilling career and getting it is easier than you think.