Question: I’ve been in my current career for several years now. Business is slower than normal. I just feel bored, and find myself thinking about switching careers. Is this silly to consider during our current recessionary period?
The right career does more for a person than the fanciest house or influential friends. Doing what makes you happy provides challenges, intense personal satisfaction and a solid sense of fulfillment. People thrive on creativity and that’s why choosing the right career is vitally important.
That being said, certain risks during a time like this could be a problem. Or, a great opportunity. Passion and drive for something you believe in are very important, and could “neutralize” the fear you feel about striking out for new horizons.
Dead-end jobs pay the bills. Status quo jobs could get you to the top; but often, that’s all there is. No zip, no pizzazz, no grand achievement. You ask yourself just why you stick with a position that sparks no thrills and makes you count the weeks until vacation when you can do what you really want to do.
And that’s the secret: finding what you really want to do. Be on the lookout for the following tips when you start feeling that nagging sense of boredom and dissatisfaction. You might just be ready for a career change.
■ You find yourself, in your free time, drawn to a new line of work or interest. Or a hobby has become a daily passion, making you eager to leave work to devote more time to its development.
■ You start to buy magazines about building new businesses or how to promote ideas and you read them cover to cover.
■ Your status in your present company, along with the salary, isn’t enough anymore and doesn’t impress you. You begin to think you could make more money and have more fun in another field.
■ A craft or outside activity generates intense interest, and you begin to look at it from a business standpoint as a possible money-making opportunity.
■ Frustrations and daily hassles at work have you fed up with your job. You dread going to work every day and have to stay patient to complete projects. Worse, you’re beginning to not even care about your performance.
■ Your mind continually dwells on a skill or talent you possess, but which you’ve always ignored due to lack of time and insecurity. You just know that, if you had enough uninterrupted time and energy, your entrepreneurial expertise could start that mail-order catalog of women’s accessories or that gourmet French restaurant.
When you do decide to switch careers, don’t just quit cold without knowing what you’re getting into. Study yourself and decide what you want to do and how you’re going to do it. Write down your skills and strong points and match them with your interests.
Research, research, research. Find a mentor you trust who can guide you. Study your proposed market. Talk to people already in the field. Ask lots of questions and learn all you can about your subject.
Set high goals and standards, but be realistic. Know your potential, your abilities. Make a plan and stick with it as much as possible, yet allow yourself to be somewhat guided by impulse. It’s your dream and you can be as flexible as you want while still focusing on specifics.
Believe in yourself. Think you’re the best and you will be.
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