Adrian G. Larssen, the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Muse came up with a list of five alternatives for those who don’t want to change their careers completely but still want to adjust their professional lives.
- Change the industry
Maybe you like your job, but you hate the industry. If this is your problem, you can easily solve it by changing only the industry, not the job. How to do that, you may ask? If you have certain skills and you spent years to sharpen them, there’s absolutely no reason why you should give them up.
Plus, changing ONLY the industry is easier than changing the job too.
- Keep the skills, change the business card
Skills are certainly the most important aspect of a job, so if you want to change the scenery, why not put those skills to good use? Getting creative means establishing a start-up with those skills or starting a project with the contacts you’ve made or anything you could think of. The sky is the limit and there’s not much of a change if you love what you’re doing.
- See if you can change role within the same company
If you love the industry and the company you are working for but you are fed up with your role and want something new, it’s not a bad idea to ask around and see if there is are positions [within the company] you could apply for.
Sometimes the only thing that stands between you and a new role is your desire to learn new skills or show interest towards certain departments and roles.
- Do some side work
This option works wonders for those who want to see what it’s like to be a part-time freelancer. You don’t have to give up your job –you just have to be ready to dedicate your free time to finding projects that fit your knowledge and skills and start delivering results. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up loving side gigs more than your current job.
Plus, there are a lot of writers who started working as managers or had completely other roles and became full-time writers after at least two years of freelancing.
- Talk to a career coach
Sometimes it’s hard to make a change, especially if you’ve spent years in the same position working for the same company. However, talking to a career coach could be the nudge you need to make your dream a reality.
Caution: No matter what option you choose, nobody said it would be easy. However, anything sounds better that being the slave of your own fears for the rest of your life.