How to Keep Your Heart and Your Wallet Happy at the Same Time
Once you’ve reached a wall in your career, either due to an inability to move up, unsatisfying work, or a disabling atmosphere, it’s time to start thinking about a career change. Each year, thousands of people are unsatisfied with their current career, but are unwilling to make the ultimate move. In today’s economy, who can blame them; it’s a scary world out there. Making a career change is challenging in the best of times, and this economy certainly doesn’t help, but it’s not impossible if you remember there is always another door ready to open up for you…if you’re ready to open it.
To identify what kind of change will benefit you the most, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I want to find a new role within my current organization?
- Do I want to keep my job, but not my employer?
- Do I want to start fresh and embark on an entirely new career path?
How you answer the above question will change the way you think about your career and help you establish new career goals, but identifying what you want to do is just step one; now that you’ve identified WHAT you want to do, it’s time to move on to HOW.
Obviously the HOW is going to depend on the WHAT, but there are a few things you need to consider with any of the above options:
- How much time do I have available to make this happen, and how much time do I need to be successful?
- Who do I need to talk to in order to get started? Do I need to build new relationships or just enhance ones I already have?
- Do I need to update my resume or get a few new letters of recommendation?
- Will I need any new training or education?
- Will I need to have money set aside to make this change?
Now you’ve decided and you’ve planned, and now you must do the most important part to ensure your happiness…..TAKE ACTION!!! This is where most people get stuck…it’s just so much easier to think about what kind of change would make you happy, but can be incredibly hard to actually do something. Remember, you will not find any new avenues opening for you if you get stuck in the first two steps, or you can miss a golden opportunity as you wait for the “perfect” one (which by the way doesn’t really exist!). So strap your boots on and get ready to go up, or out, or on…whichever path your happiness requires. And remember, if you feel you need a change, you probably do. Be brave and be ready to act and you can achieve your career goals. Good luck and happy job hunting!!