Here's How to Stop Tolerating Your Job and Head Out On Your Dream Career Path
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Here's How to Stop Tolerating Your Job and Head Out On Your Dream Career Path

DON'T JUST TOLERATE YOUR CAREER! HERE'S HOW TO PURSUE A JOB THAT COMPLEMENTS YOUR SKILLS AND CONTRIBUTES TO A SENSE OF WELL-BEING. 

Dry, computer-strained eyes. Lackluster interest in meetings. Low energy levels, no matter how many cups of coffee you sip in the morning. Overall abhorrence of Mondays.

Sound familiar?

In our workplaces, many of us are simply just getting by. We clock in, we clock out, we go through our tasks somewhere in between. We live for our weekends and our days off, only to settle back in to the grind when the next workday rolls around. It is time for a change. While a paycheck is necessary to live comfortably, sitting unhappily in a desk Monday through Friday is not the only way to obtain it.

Did you know real, meaningful work is out there? Follow these steps to discover a purpose-filled career path. It’s time to stop tolerating, and time to start thriving!

BEGIN

Heading out on your dream career path requires more than, well, dreaming. But the first step is often the hardest: to begin. We have to be willing to set aside the entitlement, the notion we “deserve” our dream job, and instead go after it with everything we have. 

We have to be willing to set aside the entitlement, the notion we “deserve” our dream job, and instead go after it with everything we have. 

Embarking on your dream career path requires tenacity. {Click to Tweet} But it also requires a belief in yourself that there is another, better option for you out there. Right now, take a deep breath and repeat after me: I am not stuck. I have options. You do, my dear, so let’s get to exploring them.

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RESEARCH

The truth is, the perfect position will not drop into your lap without you reaching out to find it first. {Click to Tweet} This requires a little bit of research to see not only what is out there, but what you want to do, as well.

Start to examine your skills, talents, and passions and see how they align in the workplace. Is it a new industry you are looking for, or a different position? Soul-searching during this time is just as important as scanning LinkedIn, networking, and applying.

Look for a company or a position with a greater purpose: Is there a cause you would love to support, or a job that would better suit what you are good at? Search for a position that pairs your number-crunching skills with your interest in non-profits or start-ups, or your talent for organizing with your love for animals.

Many find using their professional skills for a greater good leads to a better sense of career fulfillment.

PREPARE

Now that you have focused on your dream career path, it is time to go after it. Before giving your two weeks notice at your current job, take time to establish a strong foundation to support you during transition.

Before giving your two weeks notice at your current job, take time to establish a strong foundation to support you during transition.

Not only will you need to be sure your resume and cover letter is in order, brushing up on your interview skills and presentation is key to landing your dream job.

Ensure your finances and personal budget are in order, as well. If you want to launch your own business, having substantial savings to support you before you are profitable will keep you comfortable. If it is a pay raise you are searching for—or even if you are looking at taking a pay cut at your next job—adjust your personal budget accordingly to prevent overspending during your transition.      

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CREATE

As many of us are realizing these days, the perfect position simply does not exist. Instead, we must create our dream career path.

Whether it is launching a social media marketing business, striking out as a freelance writer, or deciding to open your own consulting agency, going the entrepreneurial route allows you to be the boss as you design the life you want.

But entrepreneurship is not for everyone. The entrepreneurial path gives you the freedom and flexibility to decide exactly what it is you want to do, but it also requires long hours, plenty of skills and knowledge, and money to start your own business.

If you aren’t quite ready to embark down the path of an entrepreneur, or maybe you love the company you are in but not the position, look for flexibility and opportunities in your current workplace that would better suit you.

See if your company is willing to create a new position around your skills or if there is an opening in a different department you could transfer to. If you are a loyal, solid employee, chances are there is a way they can use your unique skills and talents for success, while keeping you happy in the process.

See if your company is willing to create a new position around your skills...If you are a loyal, solid employee, chances are there is a way they can use your unique skills and talents for success, while keeping you happy in the process.

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We spend the majority of our waking hours in the workplace. Why not pursue a path that complements your skills and contributes to a sense of well-being? Don’t buy into the lie that any job is a good job. You have a choice to pursue the career of your dreams. It is time to be brave and step out of your comfort zone. 

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