Anyone that has felt stuck in their job at one point or another knows how hard it can be to ‘break out’ of the limits placed on you. It might be that your job is relatively comfortable and well-paid, but you have no further advancement. Maybe you’re not paid the best and the promotional possibilities in your job are non-existent, but at least you get great training every year to add to your resume.
There’s certainly an argument to be paid for taking a job that sustains you, many people do it and they’re absolutely not in the wrong for doing so. However, it could be that after so much professional experience and skills development, you think it’s time to outgrow the cul-de-sac of career progression you seem stuck in.
Do you have the skills, but not the lifestyle you wish for? If so, what other plans should you consider, and how do you even formulate the right questions to ask? In this post, we’ll discuss all of that and more, hopefully giving you some alternatives to try in the best way:
Can You Travel In Your Job?
If you’re tired of sitting in a stationary position, it might be worth considering if traveling is possible. If so, you may find that the work you partake in feels fresh again, more diverse, and presents new challenges week to week, month to month. So for instance, teaching English overseas in a range of schools based on certain sponsorship programs (Japan and China are investing in their English teaching programs as of the moment), could be quite lucrative. But even highly sought-after professionals that usually work in stationary areas can find opportunities too, such as these excellent nurse traveling jobs.
Could You Consult?
Consultants can take on the tasks they wish for provided they have clients, and this might help you more easily travel the country or to some areas overseas taking on large projects. Perhaps you’re someone who helps startups concretely establish their financial systems, or you work with small businesses hoping to ensure better procurement practices. Better yet, if you have any experience in marketing, then working as a market researcher that inspect and identifies untapped potential overseas might give you the chance to work in a new location, absorbing a new culture, and writing actionable reports for your client.
How Might Your Skills Transfer?
It’s always good to consider how your set of current skills could be applied to another position if you really wanted to change. Let’s say you’ve run a small business marketing department for years, including working with video advertisers and content creation companies. Well, might it be that opting for that job at the local production studio for theatrical productions or film shoots is so different? Boil your skills and qualifications down to their constituent elements, and you may realize that the path isn’t quite as narrow as you had once assumed.
With this advice, we hope you can identify not only the skills you wish for, but the lifestyle you hope to adopt in the best possible light.