What do you enjoy most about your career? If you say the people you work with, then it is time to let your career take a new direction. Just because the people you work with might be nice, it doesn’t mean they’ll be there forever, and it doesn’t mean that you’ll always get along with everyone that you work with. You aren’t really doing your life justice if you’re in a job that you don’t find interesting.

There’s a whole new world out there for you to explore that you might not even know existed outside of the walls of your office. You might think that what you have is all you’re going to get. Well, you’re wrong. There’s something out there for everyone, and there’s always going to be a job waiting for someone just like you. So take a step back, take a leap of faith, and let your career take a new direction.

So What Is The Direction?

A lot of people are unsure about this. Knowing what direction to take with life, in general, is just hard for some people. There’s no right or wrong answer to this, it is just what you personally want to do. If you hate working in an office, then getting away from that is obviously the right move for you.

As long as you know it is going to make you happy, there’s no reason why the direction you take shouldn’t be a new one. Life is all about taking risks and having adventures. If you’re struggling to think of what you truly want to do in life, then it is time to do some soul-searching. Sometimes your mind is so clogged with the thought of work, possible money issues, dramas outside of work, that you lose your way in life a little.

Take a week off to relax, breathe, and figure out what you think your destiny in life is. All you have to do is think about what you love, and no, sleeping isn’t something you can make a career out of. If you have a passion for arts and crafts, why not try setting up your own home business on the side.

If you love working with children, get some work experience to make sure it’s definitely what you want to do. It is important to make sure that the direction you’re going to take is definitely the right one for you, so don’t jump into anything too quickly until you know you’re happy doing it.

How To Get There

Sometimes to get where you need to be, you need to do a little bit of retraining. We’ve talked about doing work experience, and it truly is one of the best things that you can do. Potential employers like to see that you have done something off your own back, without needing to get paid for it.

It shows dedication. However, sometimes you need to take things a bit further and train to get the qualifications you need. This could be through education, a training course that you might need to pay for yourself, or online courses. Whether you undertake a whole degree or a project management certification, the additional qualification will make all the difference when job hunting, asking for a promotion, or any other step upwards on the career ladder.

The next step after that is the process of finding a job. There are multiple different websites for you to try, and many different agencies that you would be able to go into if you’d like to talk to someone face to face. There’s most likely going to be hundreds of jobs going within the field that you’re interested in.

From food and beverage assistant jobs to a nursery daycare assistant, you’ll be able to find it all on the internet. Don’t just settle for the first job you come across. There are plenty of jobs who will pay so poorly compared to others. It is important to know your worth and always make sure you’re going for the ones that are going to bring you the most income.

Finally, make sure you’re excelling yourself during the interview stage. We understand that this is totally the worst part, but everyone else who is going for the part is going to be just as nervous as you. You need to make sure you’re going in there with lots of confidence, as hard as that might be for you. You’ll only be in there for a little while, and if you aren’t successful, those people will never have to see you again! Just make sure you’re smiling and happy and all should go down well!

The Benefits

The benefits of taking a new direction with your career are huge. You’ll have the freedom to finally be happy in what you do. You won’t have to worry about living a life that you really don’t want to live. It also helps take a lot of the stress away for you.

One of the reasons why you’re probably thinking of getting a new job is due to financial strain, or time constraints outside of work. A lot of jobs are terrible for overworking people. This can lead to a lack of social life, extreme tiredness, and even depression and stress in some cases.

How To Climb The Ladder

So we’ve spent most of this article talking about how taking a new direction with a career means leaving the one you’re currently in. This isn’t the case. You can just as easily climb the ladder at your current job to a role that you might find more interesting.

All you need to do is make sure you’re working hard in the role you’re currently in to make yourself an attractive candidate for the job. You’ll have the advantage of already working within the company, and most likely knowing who is going to be interviewing you. You’ll also have the advantage of already knowing what you’re going to be doing, that is if it is a similar role.

There could be opportunities in your company that are completely different but still appeal to you. Don’t be afraid to take them! Sometimes a step up the ladder is all you need to be happy both financially, and mentally.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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