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Create your escape when you career is heading south
You have spent some time in your career, going to interviews, meetings, conventions and landed a few jobs here and there. You could of been in a career in your industry for some time but for some reason you may feel its still not working for you. There can be a number of reasons you decide your career isn’t working for you anymore. One of the most important steps for you now is to find out why that career isn’t doing it for you anymore, and can you really bear another year, month, week, or day at your current job. Once you have this step completed and answered honestly, you can either stick it out or you can now start to plot your escape from the drudgery of your current career/job.
The unfulfilled feeling
If you are like most people you have just simply fell into the position out are in now, whether you went to school and studied what your parents wanted or just randomly got stuck in a job, there could be many reasons. But because of this you never got the chance to explore other opportunities to see what you really like and get that fulfilled feeling from. If there is a project at work where you might get to tryout an aspect of the job that might make you feel alive again I say go for it, and after you do that assignment and you still have that empty feeling then it might be time to look for something else my friend.
Your degree isn’t good enough
In some instances the degree you have isn’t good enough, certain employers look into where your degree is from, what type of degree you have, what your educational accomplishments were. If your degree is what the problem is then you have a few options to get passed this problem. You can “fluff” your degree with added qualifications. Go to a certification class and get some certifications. Gain a good amount of experience, experience will always make up for what your degree is lacking in. You can find a internship/volunteering position where you are gaining much need experience. Last but not least you can go back to school and get the parts of you degree your missing, fulfilled.
There are no opportunities to grow
There may not be opportunities for you to advance in your career, you could have been at your job for a few years and not been offered an opportunity to advance or a raise etc. First thing you need to do is find out if this is a regularity throughout the entire industry or just your specific position. If it is a regular thing for people to be over looked in you current industry, then that means your in a dead-end job AND its time to get out!
Your career field is drying up
Nowadays there are many industries that are either getting outsourced or businesses shutting down. If this sounds like its the tone of your industry then it is time for you to make your next move, and you have to work quickly because your working days are numbered. See if you can migrate over to a more stable company, where you might survive the business shrinkage. If you think it would be best to completely leave the industry, you can try to find a career that closely relates to your current skills—one where your skills can transfer over easily.
There are no jobs, no one is hiring
One of the most debilitating aspects of this problem is when you are a new graduate, straight out of school and into a industry that is in the process of its downward spiral. But all hope isn’t lost, in the mean time of the industry going through its phases (dying and being reborn in a sense), now is a good time to get experience. A good way to continue to gain experience is by volunteering at relevant positions. When the time comes for you to get a real job and the industry is looking really bad and you get no call backs for job opportunities, then sorry to tell you it is time for you to look for a change in career paths.
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