1. Manage your career better
2. Be a realist, but not overly so
Don’t attach too much importance to the restrictions which go with finding a new job; otherwise this will block your creativity.
3. I just need a job
A dangerous attitude for a job seeker!
4. The first thing to ask yourself is:
‘Do I live to work or do I work to live?’
If you live for 80 years, you will spend around 26 years sleeping and 18 years working, so it would be a good idea to try to optimise this major part of your life that you will spend at work.
And then concerning career, we often use methods which may be thorough but are not particularly creative, this means that people take decisions guided by logic and safety, excluding any creativity.
5. Change: the PROS and the CONS
Make two columns and evaluate the pros and cons of a career change.
For example, is your job as safe as you think?
If you are worried about the impact a change of job would have on your family, what would be the impact of not changing at all?
Remember – not taking a risk is often the greatest risk of all.
6. Make a list:
7. The unsatisfactory aspects of your job.
‘I like the job, and lots of things about it, but…’
The main point of dissatisfaction should really stand out:
Answering these questions takes time, start by asking yourself:
If you could change something with the simple wave of a magic wand: would it be the people you work with, the place, the perks/advantages or your duties?
Make a list and see what you can change, but be realistic about what can be changed and what cannot.
NB: It is very easy to believe that the only way to fix dissatisfaction is to change jobs. Often, this dissatisfaction with work shows that there is a gap between who you are and what you do.
But the real answer is career development: align as much as possible what you do in your job with who you are. It must be the realisation of who you already are.