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Growing Out of…My Job

Remember in 5th grade when you underwent a couple of growing spurts and those pants mom made you wear to school were just a little too short?  #awkward  Well, what happens if you’re an adult and that happens…with your job?

One of my faceplace friends shared with me today that he recommended Plan C to a person who didn’t feel challenged anymore in his/her job.  I dig that.  And lately, it seems that the universe has been sending me the message that a lot of people out there are ‘keeping jobs on’ despite the poor fit due to the economy, that they’ve literally outgrown.

So…what to do, should you find yourself in that situation?  Here are some suggestions:

1.  Get the Day Job Right – is it right the way you want it?  Obviously not, or you probably wouldn’t be reading this post.  But–COULD it be with some tweaking?  Can you get it the way you want it, or get it the most ideal way for you?  If the answer is maybe, read this article from Good on how to get the day job right.

2.  Read the book, This is Not The Career I Ordered – I’m reading this book right now myself – not because my own day job isn’t right, but because I had a chance to chat with the author, Caroline Dowd-Higgins, a career coach herself, among other jobs (and yes, she was kind enough to send me a copy).  She made some RADICAL shifts in her own career, and if you’re thinking you need to make some big change, I like what I’ve read thus far in her book–that one must begin with identifying his or her values, passions, and strengths before chasing down another job title.

3.  Hit the Reset Button – sometimes, radical change is in order.  Read these 6 steps to challenge if you’re on the wrong path.  One of our own Single Women Entrepreneurs, Kristin Kuhlke Cobb of Cupcake, went on her own 1-year learning sabbatical to NYC when she was trying to figure out what type of business to start.  Considering she sold over $1.3 million in cupcakes in 2010–a year in a terrible economy, the trip and learning experience obviously did her good.  Read an excerpt from her story in the book here.

Growing up is hard.  And honestly, some researchers say we really have two adolescent stages – the physical one, then a later in life psychological one.  Whatever you choose to call it–we all just want to get to that place, that zone where we feel like we’re on the right path, doing the right thing, and making a contribution with our lives in a positive way.  I can think of no better idea to ponder, and I hope these suggestions you may find helpful on your own journey–albeit at times, slightly awkward.

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