March 4, 2024

If you’re in a career you hate and you’ve been unable to figure out how to get out of it, you’ve come to the right place. As a career coach for over 20 years, I have worked with thousands of people. The good news is that you can follow a few simple steps to successfully move out of a career you hate and into a career you love.

you don’t have to climb mountains anymore

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Imagine that there are two roads in front of you.

The first road is a huge hill. You have to climb the mountain to see what’s on the other side.

The second road is a straight and flat path. It’s easy to accept. Really long but at the end of it, far away, you can see a beautiful house, the house of your dreams. You know if you take this path and walk it at your own pace, step by step, you will eventually arrive at this beautiful home.

Which way are you going? You don’t know what’s on the other side of the huge hill? Or a straight path that might take some time to walk, but where you can see exactly what you’re getting? Obviously, a straight path.

But here’s the thing: you’ve been climbing mountains because that’s what people told you to do, right? Climb that mountain, get to the top, and then you’re not happy. So you climb another mountain, reach the top, and be unhappy again. why would you want to do that again?

You don’t have to climb mountains. The problem is that school never taught us that. They never taught us how to address professional dissatisfaction. And your employer will never teach you, because that would mean you might leave your job.

So where do you learn how to do this? Where do you figure out how to have a direct path to the destination you’re looking for?

How to Get Out of a Career You Hate (2 Easy Steps)

Woman on Laptop Learns How to Get Out of a Career She Hates

1. Embrace micro-learning

The first step to getting out of a career you hate is to embrace microlearning. Micro-learning is a concept that involves setting aside 5 to 15 minutes a day (every day) to learn something new. These small but consistent hours you spend learning new things are rewiring your brain and helping you understand and close knowledge gaps so you can get what you want out of your career.

With microlearning, you start with very slow walking. But over time, you become addicted to it. It’s exciting and it becomes a habit. You start to feel empowered and go from a slow walk to a full sprint, which is how you get there faster.

2. Use your professional strengths

The second step in getting rid of a career you hate is to use your unique combination of professional strengths. You need to know how you like to create value at work. When you understand how you like to create value, you can build a personal brand that you can then use to market to the right employers for the opportunity of your dreams.

This is how you go from a random job seeker (hill climb) to a dedicated job seeker who is getting what he or she wants (straight road). That’s the difference.

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