When we start our careers, we have these bursts of excitement and anticipation for what’s ahead. We’ve learned new skills and we’re now starting to climb the corporate ladder. In most cases, we expected pay increases frequently. It was an exciting ride. Then, after doing it for many years, we get to the point where we lose our initial enthusiasm.
This doesn’t happen to everyone, but it happens to many. You’re not growing as a professional, and you feel like your income isn’t growing either. You have tried to move to other companies, but the promotions have stalled at those as well.
When this happens, it may seem like you get more stressed out than you used to. But, is that the case or is it because there is no excitement left? In other words, maybe the stress always existed. You just didn’t notice it as much during your earlier, and more exciting days.
You could be at a crossroads, and this could require you to break away from what you are currently doing. You could try new jobs in your current employment situation. That gives you the ability to learn something new without having to give up an income.
But, the jobs that are available may not be what you are looking to do. It would be just as bad over time, if you made a switch, just for the sake of change. If it’s not something you enjoy and are passionate about, it won’t take long for it to become just as uninteresting as your old job. It will be much more difficult to switch at this point since you already switched once. You don’t want to be seen as flighty.
You can make a transition from your current career by following these steps. Find something you love and make the transition to it. If it’s possible, try to do this while you are still working, even if your regular job is mundane. Build up your new situation to the point where it can come close to replacing your income. Once this happens, you can give up your old job.
Just because you make a switch to a new career doesn’t mean you won’t experience stress. However, the freshness of the opportunity will give you a new perspective about that stress, which makes it easier to handle, all things being equal. This is why I made over 10 career changes. The freshness of the opportunity and the challenge of learning and excelling in the new position were exciting.
While it is possible to lose the excitement with the new career, but at least in the short term, you have something to look forward. Which allows you to look at stress differently as well as keep your stress levels manageable.
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