Do you wake up every single morning dreading work or your career? Everybody has bad days sometimes but when those bad days outweigh the good ones by quite a lot, it might be time for a career change.
A lot of people end up falling into a job that they never really wanted to do long term and their true career goals take a bit of a sideline. If you find yourself in that position, changing careers is a bit simpler. You just need to work out what qualifications and training you need to get into your expected career.
But what if you hate the job you’re in now, but you don’t have any idea what else you want to do? Some people have a career in mind but then once they get into it, they realize that it isn’t what they thought it would be. This explains why we often wonder if there is really anything like a ‘dream job’.
Finding a new career when you don’t have a clue what you want to do is hard, but not impossible. If you’re fed up with your job and you need a change, here’s how you can work out your next steps.
Don’t Quit Your Job
When you’re at the end of your tether at work and you’ve already decided that you’re going to make a change, it might be tempting to just take the plunge and quit. But that’s not always a good idea. Quitting your job when you haven’t got another one lined up does work out sometimes, but it’s going to be an incredibly difficult period and you might struggle to find something else.
It doesn’t look good to potential employers if you just quit without lining something else up first. It’s better to stick it out for a while until you’ve at least worked out what you want to do.
Furthermore, continuing to work in your current role continues to grow your experience level. Weeks and months all add up and we all know how experience is the icing on the cake for many employers. Why cut those years of experience short? This might not be your ideal role, but at least make it work for you in the interim.
You might not have a clue where to start when you’re trying to find a new career, but there are some great companies out there that can help you with that. If you go to an employment firm, they’ll be able to match you up with employers that are offering jobs that will suit you.
They are experts in finding a job that matches your skills with an employer that you’ll work well with. If you go in and show them your experience and qualifications, they’ll be able to tell you what career options you have.
Identify Your Skills For Your Next Career
Often, people make the mistake of thinking about what they would like to do and end up drawing a blank. You might have more success if you think in terms of what you are equipped to do. Start drawing up a list of your skills and then you can look into which jobs require those skills.
That will help you to draw up a list of potential jobs and hopefully, something will jump out at you. You should also think about the aspects of your current job that you like and the things that you don’t like. That will help you narrow down the list to jobs that you will definitely enjoy.
Another thing to take into consideration is whether you actually know everything that your current role entails. Have you really taken out time to appreciate the good areas it may present and the future career prospects it might offer? This is really important as sometimes there might be other factors as to why you hate your current job.
For example, it could be the culture of the company and not even your job that is the issue. It could be that you haven’t taken time to appreciate your role as you lack a mentor to show you areas with which you can grow your career from that job.
Once you’ve found your perfect dream career, you can start taking the necessary steps to get qualified and find a new job.
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