Is your career keeping you from a fulfilling life?
With the shaky start of the financial markets in 2016, it might seem like this isn’t the best time to switch careers. However, there really isn’t a wrong time to seek out new job opportunities. In fact, nearly 72 percent of employed adults said they remain aware of jobs in the marketplace regardless of whether they’re employed or not, a 2015 Indeed study found.
Keep these three tips in mind as you consider a career change:
Find the source of your unhappiness
If you’re unhappy with your job, it’s important that you determine the underlying reason why.
Pamela Horack, a financial planner with Pathfinder Planning LLC, suggested asking yourself questions like, “Do I like the work but have a bad boss? Do I hate the work but have a fabulous boss? What do I really want to do?”
Examine the answers to these questions so you can figure out what the real problem is. “Maybe you find that you don’t need to change companies but take on a new role,” Horack said. “And if the money and benefits are right, making a job shift might be the right call.”
Discover your passion
Most people entertain the idea of earning an income from something that they’re passionate about, but few take the steps to determine if it’s a viable career choice.
Horack said this might stand in the way of many employees who are unhappy. “If you are unhappy because you are not following your passion, you will need direction and support. Talk to others who have made the same leap of faith and gather as much information as you can.”
You might have to have start some tough conversations with your family to garner support for striking out on your own or moving far away. “Be sure you know what you are getting into and be smart about any big change,” Horack said.
Find value in every experience
Many people decide to change careers because a particular job or industry no longer presents a challenge. But there’s no such thing as a useless experience. Every job has value — you just have to find it.
According to Horack, starter jobs like being a cashier or waiter teach you how to manage money and provide quality service. Data entry roles teach the importance of attention to detail. And working on logistics focuses on the value of teamwork and problem solving. All of these skills can help you find and secure the career you’re ultimately seeking.