Do you need a new career or just a new job?
Sometimes if you are unhappy in your work it is hard to tell what needs to change. Is your company run poorly creating a bad work environment, but the industry is generally strong and growing?
Did you love your field of study when you were in school but the reality of the working world is not what you thought it would be?
Perhaps you don’t need to do something totally different from what you do now. Perhaps you love the industry you are in, but just don’t like your particular job. Or perhaps you enjoy your work but don't like the people you work with?
I'll give you 2 real-life examples of people who liked the industry they were in, but just needed a job change.
Tony had been a restaurant chef for over 20 years, but the work was getting too stressful and he didn’t like working evenings and weekends. Now in his fifties, he was looking for something that didn't have him on is feet in a hot kitchen for 10 hours a day, but he loved food and he loved the restaurant business. So he became a restaurant supply salesperson. He knew the restaurant business very well, could relate well to his customers-restaurant chefs- because he used to be one, but he could work daytime hours and make more money because he was paid on commission. He just switched from one side of the transaction to the other.
Perhaps you like some parts of your job, but hate others. Can you redesign your job to fit your strengths and eliminate the parts that you are not good at or don’t like?
Stockbroker Suzie loved the analysis and loved meeting with and helping clients with financial plans, but hated the selling aspect of it. She worked in a large brokerage firm and approached her boss with a plan to redesign her job. Other brokers in the office who loved selling would sign up new clients, then Suzie would take over, meet with them and design their financial plans and do ongoing customer service. It was a win-win-win situation. Suzie did what she did best and loved, the other sales brokers who sold well did what they did best and the company made more money overall with satisfied clients.
Here is an example of someone who did well at her job, but didn't like her company or work environment.
Linda worked in a large multi-national high-tech company in the finance area. She worked long hours and the job was extremely stressful. There was always pressure to make the numbers and the company was always in bad financial shape. She was suffering from job burnout and knew she needed a change. She started volunteering at a charitable organization that she was passionate about and after a year or so, they had a need for a director of finance. She applied for and got the job. She know plays a large part in the financial management of the organization and loves her job. Her stress is gone and she feels great about supporting a cause she believes in. The smaller environment where Linda's talents and work were appreciated made her much happier than being a small cog in the large corporate machine.
So if you don't like your job, try to figure out specifically what it is that doesn't fit. The sky’s the limit. Get creative to find your dream job!
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