New Year, New You: Is It Time To Rethink Your Career?
Sometimes a new year is an opportunity for more than those typical goals we all set for ourselves. A new year is the perfect time to start out with a clean slate. Most people aim that clean slate towards a healthier lifestyle but sometimes that's not enough to get out of a perpetual funk and find satisfaction with life, yourself and your future. In 2014, I made a huge decision to leave a solid career and start something new. 2015 has been filled with an abundance of uncertainty and change and as much as I hate uncertainty, it was the best decision I could have ever made.
I feel like a lot of people fall into their careers. They end up in a job that they aren't passionate about simply because that's where connections or internships got them. They saw an opportunity for a good paycheck or a comfortable position and took it before asking themselves, "is this really something I want to do?" With today's economy and the copious amount of student loans anyone under the age of 40 has to deal with, it's only natural to want something dependable. Many people can find happiness in that but not everyone. If you happen to fall into the category of people that is not happy with their every day work routine, you might be ready for a change.
To be clear, I am in no way advising anyone to just up and quit a job without a plan. Although that's kind of what I did, it's not the smartest choice. All I'm encouraging is for you to think about your current situation. Are you really happy? If no, is there something you can do to change that? Rethinking your career can be as simple as looking for a different opportunity in the company you're already in. Maybe you're a publicist and you'd rather work with social media. Maybe you're in HR but you'd rather be in events. Sometimes the change can come from within a current workplace.
For people with more extreme circumstances who want to get away from their current situation whether it's a corporate job or a completely different career than you ever thought you'd have, it might be time to get a little drastic like I did. First, consider your options. Are you thinking about starting your own business? Do you want to keep a similar position but want to change companies? Do you want to completely overhaul your career? Will it require additional or new education? Can you freelance? Luckily, we live in a society where typical 9 to 5 corporate jobs no longer are the only option. Entrepreneurial opportunities are all over the place whether you want to start your own business using your skills or work for a startup with an innovative new service. There are smaller companies with much more laid back cultures that are appealing to many people instead of the stiff, corporate option. Do you get where I'm going with this?
The point. Use the start of a new year as an excuse to evaluate where you are in your career, heck! where you are in life. Ask yourself if this is what you really want to do and if you see yourself doing this in five years. Life is way too short to waste it on a job that pays the bills but leaves you with no personal satisfaction. I want all of you to finish the day proud of your accomplishments because you're passionate about what you do. With all of the options out there right now, I don't think that it's impossible for anyone. It's just finding the right opportunity for you.