Sometimes we lose interest in our chosen career. Perhaps it turns out to be different than we were expecting. Maybe we've pushed ourselves to learn everything we think we can from the position and feel it's time to move on.
There are times when we just need a new challenge. If this sounds like you, it's always a good idea to look around and see whether you can find that in your current position by taking on new responsibilities. Alternately, you may be able to infuse your personal life with new energy by taking up a new sport or hobby, or traveling to an exotic locale.
If you decide that you need to make a career move and change directions, you can start by looking at the online version of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This is one of my favorite resources, and you may be surprised by how many occupations exist. We are often limited by our awareness of what's known to us. Expand your knowledge of careers and occupations and you might just be inspired by the many opportunities available to you, utilizing the very same skills and education you have already acquired.
Sometimes, we get stuck. We think we know what we want to do to earn a living, but we get bored with it, or it turns out not to be what we expected. Sometimes, we go into a certain field because we think we "should" or someone is putting pressure on us. Sometimes, we just never really got clarity on what we like to do and what we do best.
Help is on the way!
Regardless of the reasons, if you feel uncertain about what you want to do with your life, start with an interest inventory. You will answer lots of fun questions about things you like to do, and things you don't like to do. Then, your interests will be compared to a huge number of people in many different occupations. You will get results that read something like this, "based on your responses, your interests are most similar to people in XXXXXXX occupation." Once you get a list of possibilities, turn to the online Occupational Outlook Handbook and look up those occupations. Here you can learn more about the job, training or education required, pay range, and outlook for growth.
If you're still stuck, consider working with a professional career coach or counselor to help you delve deeper into who you are and learn about the types of careers that are well-suited to you. Hey, if your plumbing needs some work, you call a plumber. If your career needs some work, you call a career coach. Simple. And very effective.
Here are some free online interest inventories. Have fun!
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Within each of us lies the potential to do great things. For most of us, the right tools are all we need. With them, we can discover the work we were meant to do. My passion is helping others design and create the lives they have only imagined.