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Are You In the Right Career? Should You Consider a Job Change?

burleson therapist provides career adviceAre you wondering whether or not it’s time for a career change? Maybe you don’t feel challenged anymore, or perhaps the work you once found fascinating just isn’t all that rewarding as you get older. The good news is that you aren’t alone — many people begin to feel like switching jobs by the time they’ve been in their field for several years. Talking to your Burleson therapist can help you think your way through any big life decision. But first, ask yourself these important questions. 

What’s behind my unhappiness at work?

Everyone has bad days occasionally, but if you have more terrible or boring days than good ones, you are probably looking for a way out. Before you make any life-changing decisions, it’s a smart move to figure out the root of the problem (as best you can). Is it that your job duties haven’t grown along with you? Or just that you can’t stand your coworkers? Sometimes, seeking a different environment (i.e. new job, same field) can revitalize even the crankiest employees.

What am I going to do instead?

We’re not suggesting that you have a full, point-by-point career plan in mind, as flexibility is wonderful in all things. But you should still have some focus when you decide to change paths. What do you enjoy doing? And what are you good at? Now, how can you turn that into a new career? Your therapist can help you explore these questions more thoroughly.

What are the outlooks for my current and future career paths?

While you’re evaluating your opportunities in your current career vs. other fields, it’s a good idea to consider what it seems like the future may hold for each. Say it’s 1900 and you’re giving advice a horse-and-buggy operator. You’d tell them to up their ante pretty quick, wouldn’t you? It could be the same for your own career outlook. With new opportunities in environmental science, healthcare, and web development, moving from a slowly dying field to a booming one could be the best decision you ever made.

Ok. How am I going to do it?

Let’s say that you’ve decided on switching careers. Great choice! Whatever happens, you’re embarking on a new and exciting life change. Before you go all in, make sure you set some action steps for what making the transition. If you generally struggle with big life change, sticking to regular sessions with your therapist is a great idea. If you are going to leave your job before you have something else lined up, you might want to commit to attending a certain number of networking events every month to get to know other professionals in your field.

Your therapist is here to help you through your next big life change. Request an appointment with Kristen Hardin LPC today!

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