Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!


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Are you tired of asking "What should I do with my life?"
Are you sick of your job? Don't worry, I know how you feel!

I used to start every working week saying "I hate my job" and spend every Friday night drinking too much to drown my misery.

I was a cubicle worker in large corporates, going to pointless meetings, writing endless documents no one would read, testing computer systems that would soon be obsolete. Every day, my soul and my creativity died a little.

Maybe you feel the same?

Well, life is too short to just exist on the edge of breakdown, and there is a better way of living. You need to discover what you love to do and then make that your job, your life's work.

This book will take you through understanding the way you feel now as well as how to improve your current situation immediately so you can create enough space to work on breaking out and doing what you truly love. It also contains the career change process I used to go from management consultant to full-time author-entrepreneur.

It's time to change your career and your life.
˃˃˃ In this book, you will find:

** Part 1: I hate my job

1) Identifying the problem

2) The results of an unhappy workplace- stress, depression and weight gain

** Part 2: How to improve your current situation

3) Develop yourself

4) Coping with stress at work

5) Being valued and appreciated

6) Escaping the trap

7) Making money and keeping hold of it

8) Being creative

9) Escape is sometimes necessary

** Part 3: How to change your career

10) What do you really want to do?

11) Entrepreneurship or working for yourself

12) The Career Change Process

13) Setting and achieving your goals

14) Your Challenge ” Your Future

Bonus Articles:

* Case Study Micro-Entrepreneur: How I run my business, The Creative Penn Limited

* Interview with Joanna Penn on how to change careers

* From affirmation to reality: the author’s story

* The Smart Person’s Guide to Quitting the Day Job
˃˃˃ Life’s too short to continue feeling this way. It’s time to change your life.

Packed with strategies, tips and personal stories that will help you find the work you love.

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Career Change: Stop hating your job, discover what you really want to do with your life, and start doing it!

  1. 1. with Joanna Penn Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur @ thecreativepenn
  2. 2. - Joanna Penn
  3. 3. Identify the problem  Do you feel as if you’ve been doing something you don’t like for far too long?  What is your working situation right now?  What are the particular problems you want to address?
  4. 4. “Americans hate their jobs more than ever before in the past 20 years, with fewer than half saying they are satisfied. The trend is strongest among workers under the age of 25, with less than 39% satisfied with their jobs. Overall, dissatisfaction has spread among all workers, regardless of age, income or residence.” Source: Live Science
  5. 5. Workplace stress  We manifest our stress in our bodies. It can’t be compartmentalized  Do you have physical symptoms that might be related to stress?
  6. 6. Stress buffer  Finding positive ways to manage stress will provide a protective buffer so you can cope with stressful situations  No one is going to change this for you so you need to find ways to deal with it Assess why you are stressed Use time management techniques Take ownership of the cause of stress Develop your self efficacy in work situations Eat well and exercise Get some social support Relaxation
  7. 7. The top 5 regrets of the dying  I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me  I wish I hadn’t worked so hard  I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings  I wish I had stayed in contact with my friends  I wish that I’d let myself be happier - From nurse, Bronnie Ware’s book
  8. 8. Your work life is a choice  Happiness is also a choice  It’s not too late to change direction
  9. 9. Develop yourself  Is your work challenging for you?  If not, analyze why not?  People perform well when given a challenge  Turn off the TV and read  Take some internet courses  Take an evening class
  10. 10. Won’t this be exhausting? This might sound exhausting to add to your current job but…  You can survive in your current job by keeping your mind and soul alive through learning  It needs determination and motivation when you are exhausted  Record everything you do as an achievement and you will see the effects over time
  11. 11. - Charlie James
  12. 12. Being valued and appreciated  Work is generally not about survival anymore  Once basic needs are fulfilled, work must ideally be about something more than that  People want opportunity to develop and grow, and something other than just financial gain
  13. 13. What kind of work makes you feel valued?  Helping others  Being able to make informed decisions  Self-management and autonomy  Taking control and responsibility  Achieving goals  Being treated well and respected
  14. 14. Escaping the trap Most common reasons people feel trapped in their jobs Money Status Self- perception about opportunities Expectation of others
  15. 15. Making money …and keeping it  Many people would say that they have to keep their job for the money  But we often spend too much  It can become a cycle of being trapped waiting for the next pay cheque  Once we are trapped financially, it becomes difficult to break out of this cycle
  16. 16. Breaking the cycle  Clearly assess your current financial situation  What are your financial goals  Get some financial education  Spend less than you earn  Think before you buy  Save 10% of your income  Simplify
  17. 17. Being creative  Creativity is an important part of being human  Repressing the instinct can be self- destructive  Fill yourself with ideas in order to be creative  Express yourself  Creativity recharges your batteries
  18. 18. What do you really want to do? Most people fall into two categories I know what I want to do; I just don’t know how to get there I don’t know what I want to do; but I know it is not what I’m doing right now!
  19. 19. If you don’t know what you want to do…  Get to know yourself  Think about you and what you are like and who you want to be  Not what you think you should be  What did you want to be as a child?  What are you passionate about?  What do you hate/definitely not want to do?  What do other people say you’re good at?
  20. 20. About working for yourself  Freedom & Independence  Flexibility  Meaningful work  Fast decision making  Unlimited income potential  Empowered and in-control  Creative  No security or stability  No benefits  Must fulfill many roles  Start-up is challenging
  21. 21. The career change process  Keep in mind your ideas about what you want to do  Make a plan and do research  Work for free (trial run)  Re-train  Break out!  Commitment and persistence
  22. 22. Setting and achieving your goals  Move toward your main goal with smaller, incremental goals  Ensure goals are measurable and have a time limit  Share your main goal with others
  23. 23. Want more?  Available in print and ebook formats  Also download the free workbook