Are you unhappy in your current job? Statistics show that 7 out of 10 people in the UK are unhappy in their jobs. This means that a high proportion of the population is unhappy for a large portion of their lives. Being grateful for a job doesn’t necessarily mean we will be happy in it long-term.
Why do many of us stay in jobs that make us unhappy?
There are many reasons for staying in jobs we dislike
- Relying on short term loans
- Credit card debt
- School fees
- Fear of change
- Fear of the unknown
- Other financial commitments
These are only a few of the reasons we remain shackled to unfulfilling jobs though there are plenty more reasons. It is so easy for our debts to get out of control and, as we know, once we are chained to our debts, it is difficult to control our lives and to make decisions that would make us happier.
If you want to change jobs you need to start at the beginning. Take control of your situation. A good place to start is with a budget. A budget should show what money comes in and what money goes out each month. Now see where you can cut down. Obviously there are areas where it is impossible to cut down. Mortgages need to be paid each month, gas and water must be paid on a regular basis. Transport costs are unavoidable. Most families, however, can cut down somewhere. Once you have figured out where you can trim expenses start living a leaner life. When you have mastered living leaner you will be gaining in self-confidence and you can start considering a new career or a job change.
A new career may entail paying for re-education or further education. It may mean taking a job with a lower salary or wage. It may mean relocating. Now is the time to take the plunge. Either:
- Pay for further education
- Find the job which allows you to do what you love even though the salary is less than you have been earning
How long you need to prepare for your career move:
If you don’t have a big nest egg, take long enough to line up another job or save enough for several months’ expenses before you jump ship. The time to do this will vary dramatically by industry and location. If you already have a decent nest egg that allows you to take time off between jobs, it may only be necessary to give notice — and then you can walk away.
When we do something we love good things happen
We often hear that when we do something we love we are successful. Since positive thought and actions seem to attract more positivity it makes sense to be living our lives doing something we enjoy.
Having taken the plunge you need to keep your life as simple as possible so that you can continue doing what you love. Try to keep to your budget, stay away from debt if possible.