We’ve had a lot of calls of late from people who want to move jobs but they’re not clear in their own minds what they want to do next…
It’s a tough one isn’t it. You know that you’re no longer excited by your current job and it is getting harder to motivate yourself each day, BUT, what do you want to do instead?
I find it helps to write things down, don’t think too much just write and see where you end up. Don’t think too much whilst doing it though otherwise you might talk yourself out of some things…
Try and make a list of any possible job you can think of; if you need inspiration think about all the things you enjoy doing in your current job or try making a list of all the jobs you’ve had that you’ve enjoyed and what you liked about them (why did you leave?) – is there a common theme? If so, are there any other jobs which involve similar responsibilities?
Include all the jobs you’ve ever seen advertised, listed, on business cards, on CV’s, LinkedIn profiles etc. that have caught your eye and intrigued you (again is there a pattern?). Think of things you like to do outside of work which might make you money. Note down the things you’re good at, again both in and out of work, what kind of work can make use of those skills?
At this stage it doesn’t matter how far-fetched it may seem, just write it down.
Once you have your list(s) of possible jobs go through each one and ask yourself some questions;
Do I know anyone who already does this job?
Do I know any companies who employ this type of job? – If not, do some research
Are they within commuting distance or would I need to move?
Can I do this job? – Do I have the right skills to do this job or would I need training?
Is there training available to me? – Distance learning, online courses, adult education etc.
Can I live on the salary this job pays?
Once you’ve answered these questions – and it’s likely there will be more – you’ll start to build up a picture of your next move by narrowing down the possibilities.
The chances are it won’t come to you just like that, after all if your passion was that strong for something you’d probably already know what it is, but you will get there. It will take research and effort, but you’ll get there.
If you’re still stuck after this exercise, and bear in mind it may take several tries, you could see a career coach, take an aptitude test or…
Something else to consider is this; “The best & fastest way out of a job you hate is to be awesome at it!” – This may seem like the least favourable option when you’re struggling for motivation but the fact is if you’re amazing at your job people will notice you, options and opportunities will open up to you which may not have been available to you in the past.
Whichever works best for you good luck with your search and remember you can call us for help any time!