How to Reinvent Yourself and Move Ahead
By Sandy Schroeder
Reinventing may be tempting to more and more people in a fast-paced world that just keeps spinning forward. That career path or satisfying job that seemed so natural may now be tiring, boring, not paying enough, or just not right anymore.
What to Do
In a world that’s filled with gigs of one sort or another, more and more people seem to be moving about, or tacking one career onto another, and there are many ways to pursue it.
Decide Where You Are
Be honest with yourself.
- Are you really ready for a complete change of work?
- Are you simply bored with your present work situation?
- Do you have something new in mind?
Take a few days off and give it some serious thought before you make any radical moves. If you are still motivated to make changes, do the homework, but don’t give up your day job. Keep your eyes open wherever you go for people, places and skills that attract you.
Research fields online - Start a running list of fields with specifics that appeal to you.
Examine your current activities - Think about the things that you love to do in your leisure time. Could a favorite sport or hobby lead to a fulltime effort?
Do some soul searching - Before you moved into your current field, what other classes, or courses did you consider? As a writer, I was also tempted by psychology. What areas attracted you?
Get out in the field - As you consider potential businesses, careers or offshoots of your work, spend evenings and weekends talking to people who are working in these areas. You may come up with all sorts of reasons to move, or reasons to hesitate when you see what these fields entail.
Adjust your perspective - The right answer may not pop up right away. You may have to sit with your current job, and do test runs for other fields when you can. If you continue to look, at some point you may find the situation that intrigues you, and then you can gather forces to move ahead.
In an ever-changing world, keep your eyes open and the information flowing. Down the road you may be amazed at what turned up -- and how it changed everything.
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