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If this sounds like you, know that you are not alone. Also know that with a little work you can figure out how to change your career.
The trick to getting unstuck is to change your approach. Instead of trying to figure out what you do want, establish what you don’t want. Begin by listing all the jobs you’ve held.
Then consider each aspect of every position. Write down everything that made you unhappy. Pretty soon you will see some patterns, patterns that will help you plan your new career.
Use this checklist as a jumping off point. Be sure to add your ideas as well. Before you begin your next job search, it’s important to answer several key questions:
As you work on your list, your values will begin to emerge. This will make it easier to see what’s important to you. Maybe you’re happiest working alone. Perhaps you need to work in a flexible environment. You may find that the salary you make determines your self-worth. Whatever your values are, it’s important to be true to yourself. This means eliminating any values you think you “should” have.
Maybe you come from a family of healthcare professionals. But, you find working with people all day drains you. Now is the time for you to be honest. Focus on what’s important to you. What ideas or values do you want to incorporate into your professional life? As you go through this process you may find that some of your values conflict with one another. If that happens you’ll need to make a choice. For example, you may want to make more money, but find you need a flexible schedule right now. Take your time. Think carefully about each answer.
When you’re finished use this information to write a brief statement describing what you don’t want to do on your next position. Now you’re ready to think about what you do want. Sometimes the best way to accentuate the positive is to begin by eliminating the negative.