Life is too short to be spent working a job you don’t like. Not to mention the discontent and boredom that leads to.
One of your missions in life is to find your career path and follow it. It’s what will give you satisfaction, will help you exceed, will motivate you to be your best self and let you contribute to the world by doing your best work.
You’re not born to get a degree and work a regular job in the same field. That career trajectory is long gone. We live in the era of entrepreneurship and there are countless opportunities for those willing to work hard and try new things.
If you’re tired of doing the same tedious tasks daily, if you feel like there’s potential within you waiting to be unleashed and that you still haven’t found what you love doing, keep looking.
Here are the steps you can take today to take control of your career path and get closer to the life you deserve:
How to Take Control of Your Career Path
1. Assess your current situation.
It’s really important to be clear about where you are in life right now, no matter how bad it is and how disappointed you are.
Sit down and have an honest conversation with yourself.
Figure out what you don’t like about yourself and your life, what’s missing, what things you want but aren’t achieving, and what must be removed so that you can be happier and more successful.
2. Know what you truly want in life.
Define your purpose, find your true calling, get out there and try things until you understand what your heart desires.
The only career you’ll enjoy and will reach the top of is the one that you’re passionate about, the one you’re destined to do no matter what.
So set specific goals, break them down into smaller steps and see what you need to get there.
3. Start looking for jobs.
Before you make the big step and quit your current job and go after your dream career path, do your research first. There are job search websites available out there you can visit to look for jobs in various industries.
Visit some career websites and see what’s out there, what employers are looking for, what qualities you already possess and what grabs your attention from the many opportunities.
4. Build your portfolio.
You can start doing something on the side, before you quit your current job and jump into a new field.
Experience is important and it will help you stand out and form relationships if you first do it on the side, and even for free.
That’s how you can find your first clients, make mistakes and see what doesn’t work, and eventually get better before you start charging for what you do.
5. Don’t be afraid to dream big.
Don’t let others tell you what you can’t do if you want to excel in your career.
Be ambitious and know you can get better at anything if you want it bad enough.
How To Successfully Change Career Paths
If you have been stuck in a stop-gap job for several years, you may well feel as though you are missing out on the career that you always wanted to have.
The feeling that you are wasting your life doing something that you don’t really want to be doing can cause you to become very dissatisfied and even very down.
There are many things that may be stopping you from pushing yourself into a new direction, and it can be tough to even get yourself out there to apply for the roles that you want.
An area that you may have trouble with is your self-confidence. Feeling as though you don’t have the right skills or experience for the job might put you off even applying for roles within your chosen field. You may have actually applied for serval roles, and got rejected.
Moving onto a new career path may mean that you will need to take a step back in terms of income for a while. This might be something that you are reticent to do as you may worry that you are won’t be able to make ends meet.
The other thing that commonly prevents people from jumping into their chosen career is a lack of qualifications. The necessary study can be expensive and time-consuming. It might be that you are unable to spare the time or money to be able to go and do this.
If one of the major barriers to you changing careers is the education aspect, then you could opt to study online. Many institutions such as Northeastern University offer online qualifications right up to postgraduate or even doctoral levels. You can study in pretty much any subject area imaginable, and you can do it in your own time.
You will, of course, need to pay the tuition fees, however, you could look at breaking these down into installments, or you could see if you are able to take out a loan in order to pay for them.
Studying online will allow you to continue working in your current role. The feeling that you are doing something to better your chances of moving into the career that you want to be in will be empowering and will help you build up your confidence.
Find Ways To Take The Entry Level Job
If taking a cut in pay is the issue, have a look at ways that you can adjust in order to take the pay cut.
Hopefully, you will be able to increase your earning potential as you develop and progress in your new career and eventually, your future income may surpass your current salary.
Find ways of reducing your outgoings.
You may be able to move to an area where the cost of living is lower, or even downsize your home. If there are bills that can be reduced or spending that can be cut, then you could look at doing this.
If you live with a partner, talk things through with them. They may be able to find a way of contributing more financially.
You could also look at taking side jobs alongside your new career in order to make up the difference.
Building Your Self-Confidence
One of the hardest obstacles to overcome is the feeling that you are not good enough for the career path that you want.
The only way that you can really build your own confidence is to repeatedly tell yourself that you are good enough. By combating negativity with positivity, you can start to feel more self-motivated.
Apply for the jobs that you are interested in. If you don’t get them, remind yourself that you have not actually lost anything.
If you have the opportunity to ask for feedback from the recruiter about why you have been rejected, do so. Take any comments on board and use them as a tool to aid your development.
Sometimes, when it comes to getting the career that you want, you do need to “fake it until you make it”. By believing in yourself it may be possible that you can overcome the insecurities that are holding you back.
Getting Out There And Finding Your Career
Create a plan for yourself and go for it.
Nobody else is ever going to just give you the job in the career that you want. You need to go for it. Putting things off will mean that you will live your life constantly thinking ‘what if’. But, by getting out there, you will be able to prove to yourself that you can do it.
So what about you? What’s your career path?