We spend the majority of our young lives, essentially, preparing for work. Through school, college and university the end goal is always to get a good job at the end of it all. When you’re young, people often ask ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ and as adults, we ask people we meet ‘what do you do for a living?’ It’s because what we do is so important, as well as allowing us to be productive members of society it can define who we are. Plus earning money to live is always going to be necessary. If you’ve wound up in a job with no further career path or you hate what you do, why not make a change? There are some practicalities to consider, but working a job you’re passionate about will give you so much more satisfaction and will allow you to generally be happier in life. Here are a few things to consider.
Set Some Goals
Deciding exactly what you want to do and setting some goals will help to keep your focus and allow you to work out what you need to do to achieve them. Is there a specific job role you would like to work in? Would you prefer to start your own business and work for yourself? What alternative options are there which you would be happy working in if your first goal doesn’t work out? You could set a one, three and five-year plan to help you stay on track.
Improve Your Skills and Education
A career advancement or complete change is usually going to need more education. So going back to study is one way you can help yourself to get closer to where you want to be. Even if you already have a degree, you could progress onto a masters- you don’t even have to go to university to study these days. For example, you could look into masters in school counseling online programs if you wanted to go down the psychology route. You could look at online law courses if you want a legal based career, medical or science for professional healthcare roles- the list is endless. Once you’ve decided what job you want to do, work out which degree and type of course you will need to study. Other ways you can improve your skills is by doing voluntary work in the field you hope to work in, or going on training courses.
Keep an Eye Out For Opportunities
It’s useful to keep a good career network both on and offline, so when opportunities crop up, you’re the first to hear about them. It might not be a direct job offer, it could be a training program, a chance to improve your skills, transfer somewhere else or move up in your current role. Sign up to job site notifications for the sort of roles you’re hoping to start out in. Sometimes a leap of faith is all it takes to get you where you need to be!