You don’t have to be stuck in a job you hate. Instead, embrace the fact there are some things you are better at than most other people. There are also some jobs you will enjoy a lot more than others. Here are four steps you can take to get the job that will make you the happiest and most successful.
Find Your Dream Job
Maybe you already know what your long-term career goal is, or maybe you just know it isn’t what you are doing right now. Either way, some serious soul-searching couldn’t hurt. You can always hire a career counselor or take a career-focused personality test to find what you’d do best and enjoy the most. Patrick at MindMavin has a great DIY method to find the perfect career. All it takes is several sheets of paper, five or more highlighters, an initial 90 minutes of time, and then two weeks of contemplation.
Focus on Saving
Whether beginning your career or starting a new one, you are probably going to hit some rocky financial moments in your career transition. Below are a handful of ways you can create a financial buffer so you can keep the focus on your career, not on putting food on the table:
- For recent grads: bite the bullet and move home for a while. Make sure you tuck all your rent savings away.
- For a single parent who is already holding down another job, take a look at part-time, at-home positions like online tutoring, copywriting, or customer service.
- For a couple dealing with college debt, see if you can defer payments for a while or at least get a lowered, income-based repayment plan. You can start paying off the debt regularly when your new career is up and running.
Formulate the Plan
It’s tempting to dive right in and start bettering yourself for your new career, but you could probably benefit from some time in the strategy stages, especially as you work on saving. Once the kids are asleep or the chores are done, take an evening to research what your new career requires. Do you need to go back to school? Do you need some experience from an internship? Are there any skills to acquire or brush up on? See if you can set some goals, such as applying to grad school or saving a certain amount of money.
Make Yourself the Right Fit
Do you need to go to graduate school? Look at an online graduate program you can fit around your job, or see if you can get a fellowship or scholarship. Remember, you don’t have to go to school or get an internship to improve your abilities. Get a couple books on the skills you need to learn and practice whatever you need—whether that is computer coding, writing skills, or verbal presentations—on your own time.
What steps have you taken to get the career you deserve?