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    You aren’t happy with your job and you begin thinking about how you’ve spent 4+ years to acquire a degree, landed a great job after graduation, and should now be completely professionally fulfilled and happy. Or maybe that you have zero experience and understanding when it comes to a specific area such as technology or biology, so a midlife career in either of these industries is out of the question. These two assumptions couldn’t be further from the truth. As self-critical individuals, we can be our worst advocates and advisors. It can be easy to get stuck looking at things from critical perspectives, almost from a “what would others say” perspective. But the truth is that your assumptions can be biased, overcritical, and not necessarily correct.

    If you find yourself in a job that you aren’t happy with, you should consider your options for changing careers, employers, or jobs. Just because you went down a certain career path doesn’t mean it was the right one. And, you are better off deciding that you need to think about changing paths earlier in the game. Once you have come to terms with the need to change you can begin to properly review your options and plan. As you are considering options, think about what you have enjoyed from previous courses or job and life experiences. And just because you haven’t had a strong foundation in a subject—let’s say in technology—don’t close the door on becoming a web expert if a past experience steered you in that direction. Skills and knowledge can be built and fine-tuned. And employers may appreciate skill sets and experiences that are transferable to the job regardless of the industry. Critical thinking, negotiating, and leadership are some examples of skills that employers value. Such skills can give you a competitive edge.

    Experiences in any career journey can build upon one another. While a job might not turn out to be the right fit for you, it can still provide you an opportunity to explore another path or to build and strengthen a skill set you can take with you regardless of the job. Read a blog post that describes this kind of transition. After graduating and starting a job in her field, this blogger felt it had a limited future. While venturing beyond her areas of responsibility in the hopes of making her work more interesting, she found something she enjoyed doing. She took that experience, overcame self-doubt, and took the steps needed to transition into a new field.

    Is this something you can identify with? Take a look at this blog post to see how someone overcame her self-doubts in a career change.

    Click here to read the blog post.

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