Many professionals find themselves unhappy at work. They’re frustrated that their boss doesn’t listen and they don’t feel like they are doing anything to make a difference in the world around them. Maybe this is you. You’re stuck in the same job you’ve worked for years, and you don’t feel like it means anything. Nothing about your current occupation impacts the world.
So what do you do?
Find a Job Where You can Make a Difference
Obviously you want a job that makes a difference. You want to be able to say, even if it’s just to yourself, that getting up every day and going into work is having an impact somewhere. The first step: examine the job you’re in. Are you sure that it doesn’t matter? It might feel like busy work but have you really looked at the role your work plays in the company’s mission?
It’s possible that the job you’re in does matter, it’s just not the right fit for you. If that’s the case, then you not only need to search for a different job, but a different career path. Maybe you could even move within the company, if the company really is doing something you believe in. Try to take a step back and look at your career and workplace objectively. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you stand behind your company’s values?
- Do you believe in their mission and purpose?
- How does the job you’re in directly affect that mission and purpose?
- If this isn’t the right fit, what is?
Sometimes it’s Time to Move On
Changing careers isn’t abnormal. Just be honest with yourself and if it’s time to leave, leave. Just because you leave one thing behind doesn’t mean that it didn’t prepare you for something in your future. After all, God knows a whole lot more about your future than you do. Maybe he placed you in this job to prepare you for something down the road.
Maybe this isn’t the endgame.
We are often short-sighted. It might feel like you’ve settled on a career path, like you’ve got it all figured out. When you start thinking about changing careers, it feels like you’re throwing away all that time and effort. But you’re not. All of that experience will help you in your future career, and God has a perfect plan in place. Sometimes, we just can’t see it.