Are You Fed Up With Your Career?
“Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.”
Richard Hooker, English Theologian, Author and Preacher, 1554-1600)
Most people at one time or another are fed up with their careers. However, understanding what is really wrong is crucial because if you don’t you may end up throwing the baby out with the bath water. Has your career burned you out, or are you bored because you do not face enough challenges? Both of these are good reasons to consider a change; but if you are avoiding personal issues then they will follow you wherever you go.
Usually it is ill-advised to leave your career until you have found another one; the grass may look greener in a new pasture but often that is an illusion. Finding a career when you are employed is a great deal easier than when you are unemployed. Change for its own sake is not necessarily progress and it may even be detrimental.
Consider that you may not need a new career, just a new challenge. Speak to your boss and let it be known that you are up for additional responsibilities or a more challenging role. People tend to be promoted into a position with some duties they are already fulfilling. Your personal career goals are important; most good bosses will try and accommodate your career needs. At the same time don’t let your current position be jeopardised; never let it be known that you are fed up with your work, but let the right people know you are ready to advance your career.
A complete career change is a radical step, but sometimes it is necessary. Most people have aspects of their working day they find repetitive and boring – however, if you are bored (or alternatively stressed) all day then it may be time to consider potential suitable new careers. Before you jump from the frying pan into the fire list your career objectives and think about ways you can make them happen.
Career planning can be strategic, proactive or “go with the flow”. Think of the questions to which you want answers before beginning your research into a new field.
• Choose the type of work.
• Invest in professional development so that you will be prepared for a new career challenge and a new role. Ask your boss if he or she is prepared to pay for professional careers advice for your career development.
• Solicit support from your boss, colleagues, family, and friends.
Being in control of your career pathway means that you are more likely to achieve your career objectives. Gaining a better salary, achieving career satisfaction and an improved work life balance depends on finding a career well matched with who you are or who you could be with the right training and experience.