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Are you ready for a career change?



According to US Career Consultant, Laurence G Boldt, author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, doing the work you love will be the ‘social movement for the twenty-first century’.
 
We are no longer looking for a job that ‘just pays the bills’ – the average person is looking for fulfillment in their work - something to look forward to each day.
 
So how do you know if it’s time to make a career change?
 
Here are six signs you’re ready to move on:
 
1.     You spend your whole week planning what you’re going to do on the weekend.
 
2.     You check your watch every half an hour, counting down the minutes until the end of the day.
 
3.     You spend all day on the internet organising your next holiday, looking up new jobs and emailing friends useless jokes, articles and chain letters.
 
4.     You take regular coffee breaks throughout the day (even though you hate coffee)
 
5.     You spend every night complaining to your partner/family/flat mate about your boring job, mean boss and nasty colleagues.
 
6.     You take all your annual leave and sick leave by February.
 
 
If this sounds like you, it is time for a career change.
 
 
Your Activity
 
1.     Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle to form two columns. In one column, write down all the aspects of your job that you enjoy and in the other column, write down all the aspects of your job that you don’t enjoy.
 
How do the two columns compare?
 
2.     Draw a picture of your ideal job. (use stick figures if you need to)
 
How closely does this resemble your current job?
 
 
Remember this quote:
 
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”

Albert Schweitzer