You know that you spend a considerable amount of your life at work and realise that having work that you want to do is one of the most important priorities in your life.
But where to start?
I was reading recently that an estimated 70% plus of people are more often than not unhappy in their work.
If you think that you are part of this 70% then read on.
Step 1: start sketching out a career strategy - what images or words or feelings do you have when you think about the work that you would like to do?
Would tweaks to your current role work or do you need do do something more radical?
Step 2: get work experience in the areas that you are interested in and look within your existing organisation as well as outside.
If you cannot do this in work time then use weekends, evenings or holidays. When I was training myself to become a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist I took a weekend course whilst working as a management consultant during the working week.
Step 3: consider lifestyle adjustments particularly if your new work will pay less than your old work.
There are lots of good free resources available such as money manager tool from the banks which will make transparent income and outgoings so you can decide where to cut back and save.
Step 4: get action planning and network - who do you know that may be able to assist you. Add to your skills - by acquiring those that provide a gap between where you are now and where you want to be.
Do your research well and you can save time and money.
Above all ensure that your plans allow you to be authentic. Sometimes that big pay cheque/promotion comes at a cost to your happiness. If you love client contact and a promotion means losing that you may decide to turn it down.
Step 5: review your work happiness every quarter and work out what you need to do at that point to make you feel more fulfilled.
If you have read this blog and put the steps in place let me know how you get on.
If you would like support in making changes in your work life please get in touch via www.westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk