At some point in time, most of us feel like we’ve gotten stuck in a rut, especially when it comes to our careers. Whether you’re just not experiencing the upward growth you want or you’ve found that your current job just isn’t a good fit anymore, you may find yourself needing to investigate new career possibilities. So what can you do to expand your options?

Start Blogging

Blogging can be a great tool for building a following and an online presence. As you might imagine, those are things that are useful for both businesses and those who want to build their careers. Creating a successful blog offers multiple opportunities. You can use it to generate income by becoming an affiliate, build connections with people who might be able to help you land a different job in the future, and strengthen skills that can be useful in a variety of fields.

Source: https://collegeinfogeek.com/how-to-start-a-blog/ 

Start a Podcast

What do you do when you want to pass the time but don’t have your hands free? You probably turn on something to listen to. But what if you were to create the content people tuned in to while they were commuting, cooking, or whatever else they were doing? You might consider starting a podcast. There are more than 68 million people listening to podcasts every week. While there is no single podcast that everyone listens to, there is an audience for virtually any topic. Like blogging, this can be a good way to get yourself out there, get experience, and maybe earn a little extra income on the side.

Source: https://www.podium.com/article/36-podcast-listener-statistics/  

Expand Your Education

You might have a career in mind that you want to switch to, but maybe you don’t have the skills you need to break in yet. Pursuing further education may be the perfect project to undertake so you can expand your career options. While that certainly can mean getting another or higher degree, it doesn’t have to. You might enroll in a trade school or take different courses that can teach you the skills you’ll need to succeed in the new field you want to work in.

Source: https://studylink.com/articles/top-10-tips-to-choosing-the-right-course-for-you/ 

As it turns out, there are a few different projects you can use to expand your career possibilities. Blogging, starting a podcast, and expanding your education are a few options worth considering. For best results, have a goal in mind and let that be the focus of whatever project you decide to pursue.

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If you’re feeling stuck in your career, then it might be time for a change. Sometimes that change can be as big as moving your entire career across the country. If that’s the plan for you, then there are some things you need to take care of before you go.

Secure a Job

This might seem like an obvious step, but before you move across the country you should make sure you have a job already lined up. You don’t want to completely uproot your life without having a secure plan in place once you reach your new home. According to Indeed, having a job already in place will help to give you peace of mind as you make this big change. It’s also a chance to start earning money right away. Your new job may also be a major factor in decisions like where you should find your new housing. Do some research in the area you want to move to and see what is available. Finding a new job can be easier if you have a sizable network you can contact.

Start Packing

Moving across the country is a big step and it will require a lot of work. According to On the Move, packing for a move across the country can take as long as a week. After all, you’re packing up your entire house. It can be helpful if you create a timeline for yourself to make the process easier and less stressful. You should start out about a month in advance by packing up any storage that you may have in a basement or attic. The next week, you should begin taking down decorations and other items that aren’t essential. As you get closer to your moving date, start packing up the other rooms in your house starting with areas that aren’t as essential. While packing, it might be helpful to color code boxes by room so you can easily unpack everything once you get to your new home.

Build a Network

Having a network in place in your new location will help you adjust more. Your network can be professional and help you adjust to your new job and career, or you can also build a social network. According to The Muse, there are many ways you can build your network before you even leave. Start off by making a list of anyone in the area that you might know including family, friends, old coworkers, or friends from college. You can also join local social media groups connected to your job. If you have the opportunity, you should try spending a week in the area to try to get to know people.

Taking the leap to move your career across the country can be intimidating, but it is not impossible. Take some time to make a plan and create a secure situation for yourself. This will make the process far less stressful.

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If you’re feeling bored, frustrated, or stuck in your current job situation, it may be time to get on a new career path. Doing so might feel intimidating or overwhelming, but the rewards of finding a career in a more interesting field with more opportunity and stability are worth it.

Greater Opportunity

Look for jobs that allow for growth and expansion. Jobs can feel monotonous, doing the same things in the same places. Make it a priority to find jobs that promise changes in role, in location (if that appeals to you), or in project. In addition, looking for jobs that may grow in importance in the future is also a beneficial aspect of opportunity to keep in mind. The medical field, business and project management, and tech development are all fields that are sure to expand in the future.

Source: https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/jobs-with-great-pay-and-growth-potential 

Stability

Technological innovations and social shifts consequently change the necessity of some jobs. If a company finds a cheaper way to run their business it will do so, even if that requires laying off or decreasing the hours of some of their workers. Look for jobs within the field you are entering that are consistently necessary, that provide the kind of stability you can rely on. For example, insurance sales are an especially stable industry with plenty of job openings, because people consistently want and need to protect themselves and their property. You can also market your skills set as a unique and beneficial tool for your employers, which will solidify your place as an essential worker in their employment.

Source: https://www.podium.com/article/life-insurance-leads/ 

Genuine Interest

Regardless of the opportunity and stability of a given position, you will still find it dry and unfulfilling if it is not something you have a genuine interest in. Determine what things you are passionate about and then research the kinds of positions within that field that relate to your skills. Network as much as you can; have conversations with people as frequently as possible and ask for help or recommendations to get you where you want to be. You may also consider taking an aptitude test to help you identify jobs you could excel in.

Source: https://www.bryq.com/blog/what-are-aptitude-tests/ 

Finding a new career doesn’t have to be harder than remaining in the job your feel stuck in now. Look for good opportunity growth and stability within a field you enjoy, and your career will take the turn for the better that you need it to.

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After all the work and time you put into law school, having a bit of a break might be a good thing. That said, the field of law is a demanding career path, and meeting those demands requires using your time well, which includes taking time for yourself. Here are a few of the most important things you can do to keep up with your demanding career as a lawyer.

Avoid Burnout

First and foremost, you cannot keep up with the demands of your career if you are totally burned out. That means that as important as your work is, it is essential that you make time for yourself. One way to do this is to structure your time into working time and home time and doing your best to keep your time at work from creeping into your personal time. Sometimes an important case can be difficult to stop thinking about when you leave work, but doing your best to leave work at the office can help you to decompress and come back to work feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

Source: https://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/how_lawyers_can_avoid_burnout_and_debilitating_anxiety 

Follow Industry Changes

One of the best things you can do to stay on top of your demands is to be aware of changes in the industry. Keeping your eye on the industry and staying involved by reading journals or attending conferences can help you to avoid major surprises that could throw you off course. Legal podcasts can help you stay aware of changing laws and new legal precedents. The more informed you are of the things that are going on in your industry, the better you will be able to do your job.

Source: https://www.podium.com/article/legal-podcasts/ 

Set Clear Boundaries

One of the things that can contribute to lawyers being overwhelmed by their demands is having unclear boundaries and saying yes to everything. While it is important to help where you can, putting more on your plate than you can handle isn’t good for anyone, even the people you are trying to help. Set clear boundaries for yourself and others so you can be consistent with requests and say yes to only those requests you have the time and energy to complete while still having time for yourself.

Source:https://www.attorneyatwork.com/10-things-lawyers-stop-doing-lawyer-productivity/ 

Being a lawyer is a demanding career, but the demands that are placed on you don’t have to control your life. With clear boundaries, time for yourself, and continually learning, you can make sure that your demands never become too much. By balancing your life and career you can find real fulfillment.

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The purpose of education is to prepare us for real-world work experience. However, once one has entered a profession or work force, there are still opportunities for growth that can be achieved through further education. How do we handle pursuing both schooling and work, simultaneously? Having a workable plan, using flexible resources, and combining your career with your education can help you achieve those work and school goals without overwhelming your life.

Create a Workable Plan

Overscheduling yourself is counterproductive! Without a wise balance of time commitment and energy to work, school, and other aspects of your life, you will not perform as you want to within any of those spheres. Establish a vision or end goal for your career or your life, and then begin determining the steps necessary to reach that vision. The most important element of “planning” is to be realistic with your time and capabilities as you work towards your goals, so that you won’t find yourself discouraged or overwhelmed. Finally, be flexible! Your plan will almost certainly have to be altered, reevaluated, and changed according to outside factors. Be patient with yourself and your resources; you will get where you want to be, as long as you are diligent in adhering to your plans.

Take Online Classes

Advances in technology have created an excellent, accessible and affordable means of education for people in any circumstance. With an online course, you don’t have to follow strict class times, giving you more flexibility. Because time management is such a key part of balancing work and school, this is a great resource to take advantage of in order to free you of the constraints of scheduled classes. There is something for everyone; types of classes available are limitless, if you are willing to do the digging to find them!

Combine Your Education With Your Career

Maybe you are already in a career you enjoy, doing something you are passionate about. Further education may open doors within that field, expanding opportunities and introducing you to facets of your work you may end up loving. One way many people combine their school and work efforts is through certification programs, which allow you to gain a specified knowledge or emphasis on a certain topic. What’s more, sometimes companies will even pay for you to take a course (or courses) that certify and qualify you for work they find beneficial to them!

Your education and your career don’t have to be mutually exclusive. There are ways you can manage both, each benefitting the other through study and experience. Find ways that work best for you to work towards the educational and professional goals you have for your life!

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