Our expert says:
Dear Stella, thanks you for your question.
Life is a lot more complicated than it was before, and there are thousands of career choices that we can make.
Most working people go through career transitions.You are very fortunate that you are at these crossroads while still in your 20’s. The other good news is that you are the solution to your problem.
Some people get promotions upwards or sideways, and others change careers, at 25, at 40, at 60, and anywhere inbetween. People also get involuntarily fired or retrenched.
More and more people are also starting to work for themselves as technology allows them to work from home, from the office, from the car or wvwn from the beach.
Some people make it big and burn out, others stay the course.
Those who make it big and stay the course, are people who have found the passion that drives them every day.
If they are sports professionals or supermodels, they do a lot of work that is never seen. This includes practicing almost every day, spending countless hours in airports, accepting rejection when left off the team or not chosen to model in a show, knowing that their public life is under a microscope and that they must always watch their diet. They are prepared to commit all of those things to fuel their professional passion.
Eventually they will also have to accept that they are too old to play, and will have to start a new career when most other people are settled in theirs.
The more you can discover what your passion is, the easier you will fit into that role of who you are meant to be and be able make it big.
JK Rowling who wrote the Harry Potter books was a divorced parent and author, who is now worth more than the Queen of England. That took passion and motivation, and a few years.
Before you decide to quit what you are doing, spend some time thinking about and writing down.
Assuming anything is possible:
- What are your lifestyle expectations today, in 1 year, 5 years and in 10 years;
- What do you enjoy doing in your current position;
- What do you enjoy doing work-wise generally;
- What are you good at;
- What don’t you like doing;
- What aren’t you good at;
- What are you interested in, even if you don’t have experience, or need training?
You should be able to narrow down what you would like to do from that list if you then put a reality check on it. You could also check with your employer if there is something in that line, if not now perhaps in the near future.
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