Have you ever had a moment where you dazed out during work and imagined yourself doing something different with your time? How about waking up in the morning and looking at the ceiling dreading the Monday you’ve never wanted to come since Friday? This happens to all of us at times but if it’s a consistent behavior, then you might want to take a look at your career path.
According to Well & Good, in a 2013 survey, 80% of people in their twenties and 64% in their thirties want to change their career paths. Do you remember when you were a child and you wanted to be the typical “doctor, lawyer, or teacher” answer when you grew up? Hasn’t your interests change over the years since then? Most likely your current career doesn’t involve any of these; that’s because of your growth. As we continue to grow and learn about the world, the opportunities, and our interests, we start to feel unfulfilled in our careers. What was once your goal or dream job, might not be what you want to see yourself in within the next 20-30 years.
So should just quit your job tomorrow and start working on your new dream job, entrepreneurial journey, or hobbies? No. Understand this is a process, a word that everyone hates. Leaving what pays the bills isn’t going to be the best. Here are a few steps you can take to start your next move:
- Explore your interests/passions: Take a few risk-fee, low-cost classes that involve learning more about your interests during the time you do have outside of your career.
- Make it a side hustle: Side hustling is the new norm today. Try finding part-time or contracting opportunities that involve your interests. See if your interests can male a profit.
- Create a plan: Your day job is your bread and butter, don’t leave it until you are prepared. Start a financial plan to save for the day you’re ready to put in your two weeks notice.
- Understanding: Understand the career path you are working towards. Put as just as much work as you did in your current career. Know what you’re getting yourself into. Research.
- Influence: Find a mentor or influencer who may have gone through what you’re thinking about doing. Career switches happen everyday. But don’t expect your path to be the same as everyone else.
At the end of the day, we all want to make an impact and change in some way. As we continue to grow and develop, we change. Just like anything else in history, we evolve. You don’t need permission from anyone to change; you only need you. Give yourself the opportunity to explore other options, the world is full of the unknown. Don’t feel guilty about lacking interests in what you do now; career paths change everyday, ask a millennial.
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