Have you ever sat down in your workplace and realized that you’re no longer getting anything out of your job? Do you find that your career is going nowhere and you’ve been doing the same thing over and over for the past couple of years with no growth in sight?
A mid-career crisis like this can be surprisingly common. Unfortunately, most people don’t really do anything about it because they’ve already invested so much time, money, and effort into their current careers.
It can often feel like there’s no turning back. Once you’ve put yourself on a career path, it can be expensive and difficult to break out of it.
You might think you need to go back to school, it might involve networking again, and there are loads of different financial considerations to keep in mind.
If you feel like you’ve backed yourself into a corner in life, then there are luckily a few ways to help you break that tedium.
Find the time to indulge in your passions and turn them into a new career
We understand that some people just can’t afford to quit their jobs and start a new career with a lower salary. It might be extremely unstable in terms of income and there’s no telling what the future holds.
If you have to make a living for your family and also pay off your mortgage, then quitting your job would be financial suicide even if you had a lot of savings.
As such, one of the only ways to turn your passion into a career is to actively make time for it. For example, instead of spending your free time on entertainment such as watching TV, playing video games, and partying with friends, you could invest that time into learning new skills or growing a side business.
You can also make effective use of long commute times by listening to audiobooks and reading up about opportunities in the industry that you’re passionate about.
Opportunities don’t find you; you have to look for them
A lot of people will sit idly with their current job and passions but do nothing about it.
They’ll just wait for a new opportunity to arise and they might decide to jump on it and change their career. Yes, you can get lucky like this, but it’s always better to actively seek new opportunities instead of waiting for them to come to you.
If you’re not happy with your job, then you can always find one that suits you better.
You should always look at job boards, you should network with people in the industry (this is fairly easy thanks to the internet) and you should hang around people that do the things that you’re passionate about. There are opportunities everywhere, but it’s up to you to discover them and chase them down.
We know that the 9-to-5 lifestyle is necessary to pay the bills and put food on the table, but there will likely come a point where you’re dissatisfied with your job and want to do something more expressive, creative, and interesting.
If that’s the case, then it’s important to muster up the courage to do something about it.