If you had dreams of becoming a cop or a firefighter when you were at school, you are not alone. You may also have dreamed of becoming the next Elon Musk or Mark Zuckerberg. Clearly, that lifestyle is unattainable for most of us, but dreams are good, as they help to shine a light into the future.
Unfortunately, for many of us, the dreams we have when we are plotting our future careers at school bear little resemblance to the place we end up in twenty years later. Perhaps you failed to get into a Police Academy or you weren’t clever enough to be accepted on to a computer science degree at college. Whatever went wrong, if you have ended up working a job you hate, here are some tips to help you switch to a more fulfilling career path.
Take Stock of Your Life
Now you know this is not the career for you, take stock of where you are and where you want to be. It may be that with a few small tweaks, your job or career can be revitalized and transformed into something you enjoy. On the other hand, it may be time to be honest about who you are and what you want to achieve in life.
Sideways Career Moves
Are you in the right area but the wrong job? If so, look at taking educational courses to give you some new skills. Education opens up many doors, which is useful if your career has reached an impasse. For example, if you are considering starting a business, do some night classes in business administration or accounting. This will give you some useful insights into running a business – it might also aid you in your current job. Alternatively consider what area of your niche you would rather be working in, and take steps to get there. For example, if you are stuck in an office, doing the admin for an animal feed supplement company, but you love to talk to people, look at becoming a sales rep instead. You can stay in the company, but do a job that’s more personally fulfilling.
Sometimes, a small sideways move is not enough to stop the rot. In this instance, the only alternative is to do something more drastic. Handing in your notice, selling up and moving to a different country is a bit drastic by anyone’s standards, but for some people, it’s the right move. However, if you have a family to support and responsibilities at home, try doing things a bit differently. Instead of leaving your current job, start working on projects you enjoy with a view to turning them into a viable business.
Earn Money from a Hobby
It is possible to earn money from hobbies, but you need to have plenty of grit and determination to succeed. The key to success is to start small and build your venture alongside a paying job. Once your part-time venture takes off, you can leave your job and never look back.