Making the most of your working life

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I watched a recent Youtube video of a speaker encouraging us not to waste our lives in jobs we do not enjoy. At the start of the video I admit to having the following thoughts;

“Here we go again”

“How do you suggest we pay our mortgage if we stop working?”

I was surprised that he actually hit on some home truths and he gave me much food for thought. He did not touch on anything that I did not already know but it was the way in which he presented the information.

Assuming we live to 70 (which I certainly plan on doing as a minimum) we will spend the best part of 50 years working. Mothers will take a year’s maternity leave for each child and possibly some additional years whilst they are aged under five. We spend a lot of “awake” hours at work. Far too many to be doing tasks/projects that we have no interest in.  The career we choose should therefore be something we have a passion for or at least care for at the very minimum. We may want to work in a field completely different to what we would have chosen 20 years ago. Life changes, we change. What motivates us today possibly did not motivate us years ago.

The challenge is we can often feel stuck and unable to move for a number of reasons;

1. Family commitment
2. Financial commitment
3. Lack of confidence
4. Lack of skills/experience/qualifications in the field
5.  Lack of support from family and friends
6. Fear of the unknown

If you are considering moving to a new career path you will need to weigh up the pros and cons. It is a big change but one you may well need.  We can feel tied to our commitments and that our window of opportunity has come and gone.  Options exist but sometimes they are not always obvious particularly if we are not open minded or optimistic about our future.

Consider the following;

1. Could it be you need a change of environment?
2. Can you take a drop in salary? If so, how much?
3. Are there any luxuries you can drop in order to fund a course/training?
4. What impact would this change have on your family?

Have you made a recent career change? What gave you the push?
Have you always known which field you wanted to work within?
What advice would you give to others?

 

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10 thoughts on “Making the most of your working life”

  1. In 2009, after losing my parents within 8 months of each other, I was so frustrated with my career and the terrible person I reported to, that a change had to be made. In conversation with my sister, I wound up quitting my job and spending 6 months in Montana with her and hubby. (blog: Going off the deep end on purpose). It may not have been financially sound, but I have always been a saver and a frugal person, so nor was it too damaging. But the time helped my heart to heal and that was critical.
    We can all, so easily get caught up in the earning a living–I wish we could learn a different way to live from childhood, but we do have to support ourselves. A conundrum to be sure.

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    1. That must have been a difficult time for you Rosemary. Losing one parent is hard but two in a short space of time. Perhaps you needed a change of scenery and it is nice you and your sister were a support to one another.

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  2. I can certainly speak to this topic, Phoenicia. I left my corporate job back in 1993 as I got fed up with the red tape at the corporation. Everyone I was working with was unhappy, but few were willing to do anything about it. I was able to leverage a severance package which gave me a little financial security as I setup my freelance writing business. It was a very scary thing to do, but it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. If people are unhappy in their jobs, I urge them to find a way to slowly ease out of it if they can’t do it all at once.

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  3. The majority of people are afraid of change and frequently have no need for developing and growing as human beings. They like routines and living the same year 75 times. I’m not sure that will ever change because it seems to be human nature to stick to what’s familiar. Some of us are different and that’s the way it has always been and most likely always will be.

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  4. Solid advice. I started my own business in 2017 and I’m working on a not for profit in 2018. I’ve never been happier, and more surprising, my lifestyle has not altered though I currently earn less. It’s easy to get trapped by golden handcuffs, but the thing is, do you really want to spend your whole life doing something that doesn’t feel right?

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  5. I think the world pays too much attention to money and forget to live! we strive to do this and that and we let our lives fly away doing things we don’t really enjoy. This is the problem of modern society! They have taught us that without working hard to make lots of money we can’t survive! That’s not truth! Humans can survive with less but live better than before! We are happy and mentally healthy when we do things in our lives that make us feel good!

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