Could it be time for a career switch? Each year, according to Forbes, over 2 million Americans quit their jobs, presumably for a new one. And a recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive uncovered the astonishing statistic that 74% of Americans would seriously consider getting a new job. Are you one of them?
Why would so many people be unhappy with their jobs in their 30’s? One reason may be that we are called upon very early in life to decide on a career choice that is intended to last for the rest of our lives. College freshmen may get away with not declaring a major, but by sophomore year, the pressure is on to decide how you want to spend the rest of your life.
How are we to know at such a tender age what daily work life is like in the career we choose? Of course you will know what a certain professional does in general, but the detailed, specific, day-to-day activities don’t necessarily make themselves known until you’re actually hired to do that job. By then you’ve accumulated massive amounts of student loans that require immediate payment installments. And if you’re unlucky, you may have proud parents eagerly watching your every career move, hoping you’ll follow in dear daddy’s footsteps, as he did with his father, and his father, and so on.
But now it’s your turn. You may be hearing the quiet voice in your head whispering about how tired you are of living someone else’s dream. How tired you are of working for people whom you don’t respect. How tired you are of your daily commute. How tired you are, period.