If you don’t like your career, you have to plan on changing your career. I don’t mean you should quit your job today. But, you should start your plan. Now.
Some common objections against having a sense of urgency:
“I don’t know what I want to do.”
As I explain to our career counseling clients, part of the plan is exploring what you might want to do. Most people who are unhappy in their careers are unhappy, in part, because they don’t know what they want to do. Those that are happy in their careers were often in the same shoes a fews back. The difference: those happy career folks did the work to figure out what they wanted to do. The happiest part of our career counseling work is knowing that we were part that plan.
“I know what I want to do but I don’t know how to do it.”
That’s barely an excuse. Unless you are competing with Elon Musk to create passenger space travel, you likely know someone who can help you figure this out. Quite often, a new client will walk in with an idea for career that she believes will lead to happiness but not know how to make it happen. We usually can provide clients direct actionable advice client within a one hour hour meeting. Why? Because we have been working in the career space long enough to know the next best steps for most people.
“Now is not the time.”
When will be the time? Your life is made up of time. Why wait?