Are you filled with dread at the mere thought of work? Do you repeatedly hit the snooze button when you wake up and leave it until the last possible minute before you drag yourself out of bed? Have you reached your peak of job fitness and feel unable to contribute anything more to the role? Perhaps you despise your boss, or simply aren’t appreciated by the company where you work? Or does it go even deeper than that? Is it the industry itself that no longer excites you?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, it’s a sure sign that your career has gone way past its expiry date and a change is long overdue. Use any remaining willpower you have left to make a clean break, or else risk becoming a career zombie, where you just go through the motions each day without any real degree of consciousness, while work keeps taking nasty chunks out of you until there’s almost nothing left of your sanity.
Please don’t let it get that far. Buy a copy of Kaleel Jamison’s The Nibble Theory and the Kernel of Power and you’ll understand why this situation is getting out of hand and it’s up to you to preserve your strength for the good stuff. We all have something magical to offer to society and ourselves. Don’t become a ghost in the machine.
And remember you’re not alone either. Business Insider Australia released 15 Seriously Disturbing Facts About Your Job a few years ago, and at the top of the list of revelations was a whopping 80% of people feel unhappy with their current job. Next in line was a crushing reminder that we spend 90,000 hours on average working. Not great if it’s spent in a job you hate then, is it?
Let’s not wallow in misery together and try to stay optimistic. Career changes are common for people of all ages, it’s a matter of choosing the next step in your life path, which involves an empowering process of self-evaluation.
Ask yourself, what do I really want out of life? What am I good at? What makes my heart beat with joy? What have I learnt throughout my career so far that could be useful? Can I turn my favourite hobby or passion into a viable career instead? Could I potentially start my own business, become a consultant, freelancer, coach or mentor? Or do I wish to move into a new profession entirely?
Albert Schweitzer sums up the big lie that many of us are sold when it comes to equating career success with personal fulfilment.
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
Bring your career back to life through RPL
Have you ever come across the concept of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) before? RPL examines everything that you have to contribute towards your chosen career path, regardless of how, when and where you learned it, including life experience, work experience, formal qualifications, partially completed courses, volunteering and self-study. It allows you to gain official recognition for your skill-set by issuing a nationally recognised qualification without any unnecessary classroom time. Better yet, a qualification can be achieved within weeks as opposed to months (or years) spent studying at university. Now wouldn’t that be a nice head start for anyone considering a career change?
Changing careers can be costly when you’re starting completely from scratch, but what many people fail to realise is that often they’ve accumulated transferable skills that could be applied across a wide range of different industries, businesses and work environments. A banker, for instance, may have already learned some of the skills required to be an accountant. An RPL assessment could help identify knowledge gaps that may be filled without needing to study an entire course in accountancy. An executive chef could become a qualified manager in a similar way, or somebody working in business management could sidestep into marketing, rather than continuing on up the scale into a position they have no desire to work in.
Once you’ve made a decision about your next big career move, consider RPL before forking out thousands of dollars on course fees. You could reincarnate your career the fast way without the world passing you by for too long. Hit the ground running with RPL and you won’t need to start from the bottom of the ladder. You can use your valuable expertise to get the recognition you deserve and give you a new lease on life.
Take a free skills assessment online to see what qualifications you may be eligible for based solely on your prior learning and experience. With hundreds of qualifications on offer, you could be surprised at how much you already know.