There are many things in life that you will have absolutely no control over, and as exasperating as that is, it's just the way the world works - many things are out of our hands. But that's why it's so important to focus your time on the things that you do control, like your career for example. A lot of the time, you may feel as though you have to settle in a job that you don't like very much, because you know that you need money coming in every month otherwise you're going to struggle an awful lot to get by. "Desperate times call for desperate measures", right? But having said that, it doesn't mean that you should be putting yourself through stress every day when you wake up to that alarm and make your way into a job that you hate. You need to find the balance. This is, of course, easier said than done at times, but what else do you have in life if you don't have your own happiness? There are always going to be risks and sacrifices that we make in order to better ourselves and our family, but at whose expense?
If you're finally ready to stand up and give yourself what you deserve out of your career, then now is a better time than any. Get more out of life - no one can do it for you. So if you're ready to take the plunge, then here are some ideas to get you on the right track of how to get more out of your career, (and your life!)
Start your own business
This is something I have done on the side of my job, I started Klassic Studio recently and have been learning so much outside of work. This is by no means a little easy step to take, there is so much that revolves around running your own business, as well as a lot of money, time, and hard work, and that's merely just to get it up off the ground. But that doesn't mean that it's impossible. If you have a dream and an idea, and you think that it can potentially go places - then take a chance on yourself. You'll want to get some form of a business plan together. This doesn't have to be something super formal and proper, it can be pages of scribbles as long as you understand what you mean. Also, don't think that you have to stick to all the ideas and strategies that you wrote down either, because you can change things at any time if you have decided to go in another direction and take another route that allows you to get to your destination that little bit quicker.
Start from home and get a website together. Go on social media to market your brand and your idea, and don't stop until things begin to go your way. It certainly isn't something that will happen overnight, but as long as you're patient and you believe in yourself, then there's no reason that this won't be your time.
The benefits of working for yourself are pretty much the obvious things, like not having someone else to answer to. Instead, you are your own boss, you are the one in control of every single thing that is done. While this is definitely a lot of pressure and responsibility to take on, it's also empowering and rewarding when you manage to reach your targets and goals.
Once you've established yourself as a business and you're doing well making sales and being recognised, then you may have the chance to start thinking about hiring your very own employees. This will be a big step, and at first you may feel a little reluctant as you've gotten this far on your own already, you may not be as willing to hand over fractions of power to other people, but the busier you start to become, you will need to share responsibilities otherwise you'll end up run down and burnt out, and then nothing can get done. If you're not too sure how to go about finding the perfect candidates, then speaking to a recruitment agency can help you a lot, as they will be able to suggest the best people for the specific jobs at hand.
Owning a business is tough, and you will have times where you question why you ever started all of this in the first place, but as long as you have the support you need, and you're determined to really get somewhere with this, then your time will come. You just need to put in the work, and believe.
Finding a new job
If you've come to terms with the fact that you no longer want to be working in the job that you're currently in, and it's time to find something that's more suited to you - well done, deciding to make a change like this is a huge deal, especially when you've never had the courage to do so before.
First, you need to think about why you don't enjoy the job you're at now. Is it because of the people you work with? Or the job role itself? Or maybe the money isn't enough for what you require. If it's purely about the finances, then you could always consider speaking to your boss and being honest with them about your thoughts and feelings. You never know, they may value you so much that they are willing to offer you more money, and then the problem is sorted. But if it is a lot more than that, then let your boss know that it's time for you to leave and find a new career.
One of the toughest things is the relentless job searching. And if you've already quit your job, then you may be under even more pressure as you're no longer making an income. If you already know what it is that you're looking for, then great. But if you have absolutely no idea, then you may have to try the trial and error process. When leaving a job that you've done for a long time, you will have this fear and vulnerability that you carry around within yourself. But you'll also feel extremely free and alive, and so this is the perfect opportunity to do things you've never thought of doing before. There are so many different careers out there, some that you would never have even thought about, so get experience and see what exists in the world. Then one day you'll find yourself volunteering in a job, and absolutely loving every second of it. When this happens, you'll know exactly what you need to do.
When at a job interview, it's entirely normal to feel stressed and paranoid and nervous - everyone feels this way, especially when they haven't been in this position for a long time. Just breathe, and be you. It sounds so cliche, but bear in mind that the person interviewing you will have seen so many others that give off the same speech and tell them what they think they want to hear. So as you can imagine, it gets boring after a while. So just be real with them. When they ask you why you want this job, really think about the question they're asking you. Tell them about the journey that you've been on and how far you've come. It's inspiring.
Now it's the dreaded wait. Will they call you? Or will you get that email that they send out to all the unsuccessful candidates? Whatever happens, there are always more opportunities out there, so if you didn't get the job you had hoped for this time - it's not the end. This is only the beginning.
These are two very different options, and yet the change is just as big. Before you go ahead and take the leap, you need to think about what it is you want and expect out of a career. It's always nice to speak to your inner circle and hear their own personal opinions, but remember that at the end of the day, this is your decision. If something doesn't quite feel right, then listen to your gut because it will most likely be for a reason.
Change is a very scary thing. So scary, in fact, that people will never break out of their usual routine and habits because it feels so abnormal to them - even if they aren't happy. It leaves you feeling vulnerable and people don't like that. But this your life to live, so if there are things that you can do to better yourself, you should be doing them. What you put in is what you get out, so if you're too afraid of breaking out of that comfort zone, then nothing is ever going to improve, because you're not letting it. So be brave and strong and empower yourself. You're not alone, and there is always help out there, but in order to find it, you need to go searching first.