How to Exchange Your Job for a Career You Love

If you’ve ever written a blog before, you’ll know how the hardest, but often most fun part, can be sniffing out stories to tell. It’s wonderful though when you have a regular guest writer, like Gloria from womenled.org who takes time out of her busy schedule to send you her latest piece, I hope you find it a useful and enjoyable read. Thanks Gloria.

Figuring Things Out

We’ve all heard sayings about pursuing a vocation we love and letting the pieces fall into place, and it sounds so simple. Yet, figuring out how to apply that concept to your own life can be challenging, since the last thing you want is to put yourself into a precarious financial position. Sometimes, we don’t even know what we want, only that we aren’t happy.

What’s Your Niche?

Whether you’re burned out, in a bad fit, or never had a chance to follow the career path you wanted, laying out goals can help you formulate a path toward a healthy transition. If you aren’t sure what you want to do or what you might be particularly adept at, taking a few assessments can help. There is a whole world of possibilities, so consider trying some online tests to help narrow things down based on your personality type, interests, background, and so forth.

Develop a Positive Pathway

Once you determine a niche you’re excited about pursuing, it’s time to figure out how to make it a reality. Look to job sites like Nottingham Jobs to find support services to help you find the right fit for employment. They provide access to regularly updated job vacancies, career fairs, training opportunities, 1-1 support, and more.

Start Your Own Business

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? If working for someone else isn’t in the cards for you, now’s the time to pursue that dream. Although striking out on your own sounds exciting, there is a lot involved in getting a business started. For example, you’ll need to develop a business plan, register your business, and, if necessary, get start-up financing.

In other words, starting a business will require a lot of your time and energy. It’s really rewarding, just make sure you can handle all of the responsibilities before jumping in.

Means to an End

Your current job might be a sufficient vehicle for helping you make ends meet while you develop the skills and education required for the next venture. However, oftentimes we need financial assistance with getting where we want to be. With that in mind, consider applying for scholarships that are specifically designed to help adults furthering their education. There are also many grants available to help adult students.

If you aren’t currently working or need something part-time while taking classes, a side hustle can be the perfect solution. What’s more, sometimes side hustles are a perfect segue into a new career. It’s a chance to get your feet wet at something without fully taking the plunge. Think about a hobby you enjoy or something that can flex with your schedule. It can be a fun way to develop new skills, pay your bills, and you might even find the job you’re dreaming about.

Lend a Hand

Perhaps you know exactly what you want to do, but you don’t know the right way into the field or how to approach the company that sparks your interest. Think through what exact requirements you’re missing to get where you want to be.

Sometimes you can volunteer to get those needed requirements. For instance, organising events for a charity requires skills project managers use, recruiting more volunteers can be similar to being a hiring manager, and generating donations can help you get a job in sales. When it comes to your CV, cover letter, and the interview process, be ready to spin things in a way that highlights those skills, and you’ll impress potential employers with your ambition.

If you’re stuck in a dead-end job, burnt out, or simply dissatisfied, there are plenty of options available. Nottingham Jobs can help you figure out a path that is a better fit, and decide how you will get there. Opportunities abound, and you can make your dreams come true with a little time and perseverance.