Find A Career Perfect For You While You Work A Boring Desk Job
You are more or less on the right track. You have a stable job, probably some life and family goals that are getting closer and closer. You have a nice house and a cute dog. And you are bored out of your mind. Face it, the office drone life is not for you, and you are in desperate need of a change. On the other side, you don’t want to leave your cushy job to look for something else that you might not even like. Luckily, you don’t have to.
The easiest question to ask yourself is “what do you want to do”? Unfortunately, that’s also the hardest question to answer. It can feel very daunting, you have no idea where to even begin and you are tired from work and just want to relax. The solution is, of course, to divide that big, daunting question into smaller, easily digestible chunks. Spend the next week finding an answer to these questions:
Which one of my friends would I rather trade jobs with and why?
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do “X”. Why do I find that interesting?
What would I major in if I had to go back to school right now? Why?
What do I actually like about my current job and why?
What do my friends and coworkers say I’m good at?
What would I like to do more of in my current job?
After I retire, what do I want to be known for? Why?
See? Smaller, less intimidating questions. And you only need to answer one a day. After you are done, you’ll probably see a clear-cut pattern. It might not be as obvious as every answer pointing to “interior designer”, but you will see themes like “creativity”, “physical work” or “caring for others”.
Once you have a general direction, it’s time to experiment. Make a list of all the possible jobs you would like to try but haven’t yet. Rank them from most interesting to least interesting. And come up with an action plan to try the first one on your list, even if it is for a few hours. Volunteer on the weekend or try it out after the office. It will be hard and you will be tired, but you will gain real insight in your careers of interest. Work your way down the list and write down what you liked and what you didn’t about each job and why. At this point, you will probably want to try some of the jobs again and maybe come up with new jobs for the list. Keep experimenting until you have your perfect career.
After that, it’s all a matter of finding a way to make that career your full time job. You might need to go back to school. Or find a way to make money off a hobby. But as long as you are one hundred percent dedicated, you will find a way.