Hopefully you read my last post regarding finding your passion and answered the questions. If you haven’t, start there. If you have, you should now have a good idea of what you want in a job.
So now what?
You create a plan of action in order to get from where you are to where you want to be.
Networking and Research
If you came up with a specific field you want to work in, then start reaching out to people that work in that field.
Ask them how they landed their job and what types of jobs are available in that field. Also make sure to ask them what they love about their job and what are the drawbacks.
If you don’t know anyone working in that industry, google the information or join a Facebook or Linkedin group related to that field to gather information.
Once again, this is important, so spend some time doing it. Get up an hour earlier, use your lunch break, stay up an hour later…make sure you put in the extra effort.
If you are currently working in your dream field, but not the right job, then talk to HR about the qualifications for jobs that you are interested in.
Write Down Your Action Plan
After you are done researching and networking, write down the steps you need to take to get to your dream job. Be as specific as possible. Either start from where you are and work forward, or work your way back from the end goal. Write down each and every step you are going to have to take to get there.
Writing it down serves a couple of purposes. It will keep you organized and on track to move you forward towards your goal. It also puts your destiny solely in your hands and will serve to motivate and keep you focused. Work each of the steps and you’ll eventually get there.
Your plan is not rigid, it’s flexible. So don’t get discouraged if one of your steps doesn’t lead to anything or becomes a dead end. That’s fine. If one approach doesn’t work out, find another and keep trying.
Also, it’s flexible because at some point you may come across information that will change your end goal.
For example, maybe you found out your passion is helping others, so you want a dream job working for a non-profit. You decide to start volunteering a few hours a week at a charity that means a lot to you. After volunteering for a time, you find that your satisfaction with your current job improved immensely. The balance you’ve created in your life makes you content and fulfilled.
The end goal may change, but don’t sell yourself short. Don’t take the easy path to a less ideal job just because it requires less effort. Remember that you deserve to live the life you want.
When creating your action plan, don’t discount skills you already have in creating a path to where you want to be.
For instance, if you love animals and your childhood dream was to be a vet, but you are currently working as an administrative assistant. You could start by working the reception area of a pet clinic or volunteering your administrative skills at a shelter while taking a training program to become a vet tech.
Or if you are dreaming of being a wedding planner, you could start by asking friends to let you plan their events (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.).
Depending on your end goal, some of your steps could be: applying to school, overhauling your resume, finding a group of people in the field to connect with, taking a certification class, reading a book, talking to HR to let them know you are interested in a specific job, research qualifications, set aside some money, etc.
Set a Deadline
You need to set a deadline of when you want to be in your new job. It’s fine if you don’t meet it, but having one will keep you motivated to always be working towards it.
If you are horribly undisciplined (and I’m speaking from experience here), then don’t just put a deadline on the end goal, put one on each step in your action plan.
Don’t Be Afraid to Invest in Training
If your passion involves going back to school and getting some kind of degree, start that process. Apply to a school. Even if you can only afford to take a few classes a semester, at least you are making progress.
It’s never too late. There are inspirational stories of people in their 80s graduating from college, so just do it already!
Make the sacrifices you can to save the money. Stop eating out, cut your own hair, shop around for cheaper car insurance, buy your clothing at thrift stores, etc.
Work Your Plan
Start working your plan right away. Don’t wait. Step one can usually be started within a day.
Work your plan every day and eventually you will find yourself where you always wanted to be.
Don’t let excuses, doubt or fear consume you or make you stagnant.
Life is meant to be lived, not to just exist.
You got this!
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