As children, a lot of us were told to follow the American dream. We were told to go to a well-known university, graduate, land your dream job, stay in your job for 20 years, and retire. But in reality, there’s no perfect career map in life. The purpose of this article is to help you identify your dreams and move on from work related stress.
For most people, it is hard to know exactly what you want to do professionally when you graduate from college. Many new college grads find themselves lost and confused when they enter Corporate America because they spent four years pursuing a degree that did not interest them.
Fast forward a few years, and now that same lost college student is dealing with the typical corporate life struggles, and feels trapped in a dead-end job.
Corporate America is nothing like it was 20 years ago. Companies lack good culture, benefits can be sub-par, and salaries are not providing employees with a good quality of life. For many people, working in Corporate America is a dream come true, and for others, it’s a nightmare that can’t end soon enough.
The Feeling of Being Trapped
I’ve worked in a role that I absolutely hated! It is truly one of the worst feelings in the world. You wake up angry, your productivity begins to decline, and every day you are on the verge of a mental breakdown. I dreaded Monday, and made sure to count down to Friday every week.
Eventually, what I had to realize is that, if a job is taking away your joy, causing stress, and or depression….then it is time to make a change.
We live in a world that gives us the ability to do whatever we want. Most importantly, we have the ability to do what makes us happy.
Begin a journey of change and find ways to move on from a dead-end job
Don’t make decisions when you are upset. When you have a clear mind and free time, utilize that time to reflect. Make a list of pros and cons, and then decide if leaving your job is the right thing to do. Making decisions based off of emotion is not a wise thing to do. You definitely do not want to make a decision that you will regret later.
I Made My Decision, Now What?
You’ve decided to look for a new job, but what’s next? It’s so cliche, but the first question you should ask yourself is, what would I do every day for free? If you are willing to work for free, it means that you are passionate about what you do.
Preparing For Your New Journey
The goal is to move on to something that brings you happiness. What you want to avoid is ending up in another unfulfilling position, so it is extremely important to take your time during the brainstorming process. Map out what it will take to start your new journey.
Begin researching the education or training requirements needed to help you make your transition. It is also a good idea to find out if there will be any monetary obligations that you need to satisfy. A great website that I have used when researching various professions is The Occupational Outlook Hand Book.
The Occupational Outlook Hand Book is a government published resource that tells you everything you need to know about your dream job. The site includes salary information, future job statistics, educational requirements, and much more.
Mapping out these details not only motivates you, but it will also provide you with a goal. Setting goals creates accountability and real tangible results.
Put Your Plan Into Action
It’s go time! You now know what you want to do, so go for it! If you decided to be an entrepreneur, start designing your business.
If you decided to find a new job in Corporate America, then start interviewing and networking. Be consistent and work on your plan every day until you reach your goal.
Leave On Good Terms
Never leave a job on bad terms. Be professional and provide your current employer with a two-week notice. It’s a small world, and you never know who knows who in your industry. The last thing you want is to ruin your reputation.
You Are Not Alone
Every day there are millions of people looking to quit a job. If you need support, talk to your friends or join networking groups. You can even seek help from a recruiter or head-hunter. Never be afraid to express your feelings throughout your journey. Being honest with yourself and speaking with others can help ease work related stress and gives you the strength to keep pushing forward.
It Can Take Time
Landing a new job or making a million dollars as an entrepreneur is not something that happens overnight. It can take a long time to find the right job or to grow your business. I recommend implementing goals and rewards throughout the journey to keep you motivated.
Trust The Process
Anything that is worth having doesn’t come easy. Work related stress can kidnap your joy, however, if you continue to focus on changing your life, then you will see results. Switching jobs is a part of life. In order to figure out what your dreams are, you will have to discover what works for you and what doesn’t.
The average American will work until he or she is 68…….that is a looooooong time!!!!! So be sure to make every moment count throughout your professional career! Figure out what it is that you want to do, and go for it!
Life is too short to be anything but happy.
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