Things rarely go as planned. You may carefully and meticulously plan your life out, but it will rarely turn out exactly that way. Circumstances change, and often we find ourselves doing a job every day that brings us no satisfaction or pleasure. The thought of continuing on this way for another few years is exhausting. However, we often keep going on because we say to ourselves that having a job is better than not having one.
Taking the plunge into a new career by either quitting your job or going back to school is terrifying, but a necessary evil if you want to find the passion in your life and job again. The hopeful image of being excited each day to go to work is one worth working towards. It is never too late to start fresh.
Step 1: You must come to the realization that it is ok that life didn’t go as planned. Sometimes you learn things about yourself when life takes you down a different path. Now you may want to pursue a completely different career because of your life experiences. Jobs in technology have greatly changed from even five years ago.
Step 2: Confront your fear and make the change. The longer you wait around to make the change, the longer it will be until you are settled into a new career that you enjoy. Being afraid is understandable, but don’t let it stop you from doing what you truly desire.
Step 3: Look at everything as a set of choices. If everything is a choice, then you can choose to leave your job and find one you like. Take ownership of your life and your choices.
Step 4: Figure out what the first step needs to be. Do you need to enroll in school? Do you need to update your resume and start applying to jobs? Decide what you need to do and then do it. Your plan may be that you stick with your job for two more months until classes start, but at least you have a plan to follow that will move your life forward.
To learn more about making the most out of your career, read these articles:
- 4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Career
- 5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Day
- Use These 7 TED Talks to Help You Find Inspiration
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