Here’s a sign you may be badly in need of a career change. You wake up, groan, and immediately begin to brew coffee. You get to work, drink more coffee, and stare blearily at your computer. Each minute of the day ticks by slowly, until finally it’s time to go home. You sigh as you leave, feeling that same old, familiar feeling: dissatisfaction.
And no, it is not just a case of the work blues: the reality is, you hate your job. And you’re not alone. In facts, a national survey revealed that only 45% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs. Okay, you think to yourself, so I’m not alone, but we’re in a terrible economy, and it’s too late to start changing careers. What other choices do I have?
The truth is, it’s never too late — or too early — to consider a career change. Many women stick with their jobs, even if they are unhappy, for fear of change, finances, or shaking up their families. But Claudia Baier, a career expert and lifestyle coach who counts many Latinas among her clients, says that with the right attitude, tools, and plan, anyone can find the right place for them, no matter their age. Here, she shares five steps to leaving your job behind and finding the right one for you.
1. Step 1: Assess your current situation.
Before making the decision about changing careers, Baier recommends asking yourself the following questions: Do I really want to change occupations, or am I just bored? Is it that I need to take action within my current job, or do I actually need to go somewhere else? Is it more money that I want, or is this really not the right fit for me? Once you’ve answered these questions, you can move on to the next step.