Lucrative role, unhappy with career

Q: I am a lucky person. I have my health, a great family and make enough to save money for the future and vacations. The problem is that I am unhappy in my current job. Many years ago, I joined a lucrative field. My hours are horrendous and I dread Sunday evenings because Monday morning is just hours away. I am not a competitive person but this role has turned me into a miserably competitive and cut-throat co-worker. Before this career, I worked with children and found the role fulfilling. I would love to return to that type of role. But how?

A: Your question made me think of a fairly well known phrase: “Do what you love and love what you do.” It sounds like your employment situation is emotionally draining and overwhelming. Most employees require some level of satisfaction from their jobs, beyond just monetary satisfaction. Further, many of us are going to spend 10, 20 or 30 years of our lives in the working world. That is too long to be miserable.

How do you find job satisfaction once again? Develop a plan. Your plan should include:

1. A reality check on your finances and lifestyle. You may have to make some adjustments and keep a car for a few more years or reduce the number of vacations you take.
2.Update your resume and begin networking within your new targeted field. Re-connect with former contacts. Let them know you are interested in making a change.
3. A timeline with metrics to keep you honest and focused. If you plan to begin networking, how many new contacts do you plan to meet before August 15?
4. A stress and well-being check. If your company offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), consider using their services. You want to ensure that you are keeping your response to work-related stresses within a healthy range.
5. An elevator pitch which summarizes your past work history and your current career interests.
6. Finally, your plan may include a date that is your deadline to leave your current role, whether you have a new role or not. Ideally, you will land a new role but it may take longer than you expect. And is your mental health worth leaving your current role regardless of how it looks to others?
No job is perfect. Each and every job has hassles and challenges. However, your current role seems to go beyond the norms of work-related challenges.
by Pattie Hunt Sinacole

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