Being a HR professional for many years before the birth of my twins and I was party to many a conversation about how unhappy people were at work. Seriously. There were so many employees within many of the companies I worked for that were clearly dismayed at work because they were obviously in the wrong job. I would give them plenty of information and advice in order to progress or develop.
Thinking back though, I probably was too.
I fell out of love with the jobs I had quite quickly (my work history indicates I moved jobs every two years) – becoming bored and needing more. Plus, I often ended up disagreeing with most of my managers. I was really good at some things but terrible at others, and would leave them until they became a problem.
I thought HR was for me – forever – because I was well qualified in it and had worked for years to climb the ladder. But changing career recently (because of many factors) has been the BEST thing I’ve ever done. I’ve actually never been happier, work-wise.
I’m now blogging and writing on a freelance basis and I’ve finally found myself thoroughly enjoying my work and feeling very passionate about it. I work for myself now and set my own deadlines…which could be pretty scary for some, but I’m actually making it work well for me.
So if you’re fed up at work or stuck in a job rut then here’s how to get out of it and achieve your dream job:
1/ Talk to your manager
This is so important. Tell your manager how you’re feeling (and why) and try to come up with a positive plan together in order to move forward. This might not happen overnight (not everyone can just switch jobs, or get a transfer) but letting a leader know your intentions can help them to build this into future succession planning or training plans. I have seen a lot of people change roles and it has changed them for the better. Perhaps you could suggest taking on/getting involved in a new project to get some experience within a new area and to work alongside those people.
Take responsibility for your own career path and try not to let excuses get in the way.
2/ Go it alone
If you’ve been craving to start your own freelance career or business/shop then it’s easier said than done but VERY achievable. Before you dive in do plenty of research, draw up a business plan and get loads of advice from many sources. You don’t necessarily need any financial support to get started (especially with an online venture) but always ensure that you have a clear strategy before you get going.
Working for yourself has heaps of benefits (such as flexibility and empowerment) but it requires a lot of hard work and it can be really tough switching off and making the distinction between work and home.
If there’s something you’ve always wanted to do (it’s always been your passion) but you simply can’t make the leap right now then learn as much as you can before you do. Whether it be in your free time or through work-related learning and training it can be important to helping to make big career changes.
4/ Get a mentor
At work if there is a specific department that you’d like to work in then reach out to the leader within that area and express your intentions. Meeting regularly with someone in that line of work can be helpful; they can offer you expert advice, guidance and support. Often the best mentors aren’t your direct line manager though so try to reach out to someone else.
If you’re going it alone, (like me), then reach out to your online community and find some new buddies. Networking events and podcasts are great ways to get inspired and find someone to advise you. It is really important to seek advice from those people in your field who are already experienced and succesful people. Don’t be shy!
5/ Don’t give up
I never thought that I would be changing career at *nearly* 40 years old! But here I am. Change is good and healthy, so don’t be afraid to make it – even if it feels really daunting and scary at first. Don’t give up on any dreams or plans because it may be just what you needed!
Good luck and if you do want any more help on anything above do get in touch!
Love, Jess x