Very few people have the jobs they want to do for the rest of their careers – or the rest of the week, for that matter. But rather than melting into a puddle of despondency, here are a few ways to turn your current work into a stepping stone, not a stumbling block.
Rather than sitting around wishing for a fairy godmother to "discover" you, draw up a detailed outline of your ideal career – include a list of companies you'd like to work for, as well as qualities you look for in the ideal job; look closely at the ads of jobs you'd like to do in the newspaper, see which qualifications they look for and upgrade your skills accordingly; set new challenges for yourself and become a better employee in the process – get to know the field better by reading up on it or by doing a few short courses; if you feel that your job is no longer challenging, discuss this with your boss – the two of you might be able to come up with a viable solution.
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