Implement THIS If You Don’t Enjoy Your Work Life
“You can take this job and shove it!”
We’ve all been there before.
We’ve all had that feeling.
At one point, we’ve all daydreamed about walking into the boss’s office and quitting on the spot – or, at the very least, giving proper notice.
For some of us, we end up regretting leaving our old jobs, but for other people?
Jumping ship and finding a new career is the best thing that ever happened to them.
Recently, I had Canadian author, rapper, and spoken-word artist Humble The Poet as a guest on London Real.
He’s had more than one epic career change. When he was first starting out, he was going to pursue an MBA in IT so he could get a corporate job. His sister saw that he wasn’t happy, so she suggested becoming a teacher instead.
After a few good years he slowly became disenfranchised with the school administration system and other bureaucracies, so in 2010 he left his job as an elementary school teacher to pursue poetry and music full-time.
Today his spoken word videos have millions of views, and has countless fans.
In addition to that, he’s written two books, Unlearn: One Hundred and One Simple Truths For A Better Life and Things No One Else Can Teach Us.
Humble the Poet also plays shows for audiences around the world.
This career change was a very risky move, but in the end, it was worth every minute.
How Do You Know If You Should Take That Risky Leap?
Should you tell your employer to shove it (after finding the new opportunity, hopefully), or should you keep your head down and stay put?
If you’re considering a serious career change, there are a few things to consider before you hand in that two week notice just yet…
The first thing to know is that you should spend more time considering a change than you think.
Looking for a job in a new field can take a lot of time, and there will certainly be moments of stress involved.
Many times, people will want to jump out of their current position for the wrong reasons and then they wind up regretting the change.
What are the wrong reasons?
Well, that’s a personal decision, but some of the reasons that are probably wrong are things like a bad workplace culture or too long of a time period between raises.
Either of those things could be job stress, and those are reasons to look for a new job in the same field…
But a change of career might be overkill in those instances.
Good reasons to find a new field are feelings of chronic exhaustion or a sense of dread when you think of the tasks you have to perform.
If you’re at a point where even your salary doesn’t feel “worth it”, then it’s probably time to look for something more fulfilling.
One Thing To Consider…
If the job you want to pursue involves getting more specialized training or a need for a higher degree, you’ll have to do the math to see if this idea is really worth it.
If the field you want to go into requires a Master’s, but you only have a Bachelor’s, will you make enough money to offset the costs associated with going to school?
Of course, some things are more important than money – you might dream of going into medicine so you can help people, for example, and you may wind up happier and more fulfilled.
In that case, the cost of additional schooling would be well worth it – even if it doesn’t pay off monetarily.
Even still, a degree is never a guarantee of a job. If you’re considering a change of this magnitude, it’s a good idea to start networking with people in your chosen field to make sure you’ll have contacts who can help you once you’re ready to start looking in earnest.
It’s a sad reality, but many career seekers will face ageism. There are many fields where the recruiters are more interested in younger (and cheaper) candidates that they can mold to their corporate standards.
Try to circumvent this issue by leaving age-related dates off your resume (like school graduation dates, for example). Use both your cover letter and your interview skills to demonstrate flexibility and open-mindedness.
Of course your wisdom and experience are important – but no one wants to hire someone who gives off the air of “this is how I’ve always done things and I’m not going to change for the likes of you.”
When you’re ready to start applying, you can’t just dust off the old resume and use what worked in the past.
You have to really dig in and find the vocabulary that recruiters in your new field are using.
This is for two reasons – one, most resumes are vetted be an algorithm before a human ever sees it. This means it’s a good idea to mirror the language used in your dream career’s job listing.
And two, knowing that you “know the lingo” will automatically brand you as an insider to the recruiter who placed the ad. Even if it’s only on a subconscious level, they’ll automatically perceive you as a better fit, so work hard to perfect your resume and tailor your cover letter to fit, too.
If you want to shorten the amount of time you’ll spend looking and interviewing, the best mindset you can have when going into a new field is a mindset of service.
Ask yourself a couple of questions…
How can you serve the new marketplace? What skills, training, experiences will make you more valuable to that marketplace?
Once you’ve done some research to answer those questions, putting in the work to make yourself valuable, you’ll find the transition a lot easier than if you’d gone in with a self-serving mindset.
Ultimately, changing careers takes effort, so make sure you’re putting in the work for something you’ll be better off in.
If you can make the move and never look back.
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored