Do you feel like you’re stuck in the rat race? Spending the best years of your life working for a big corporation, earning them lots of money and without making a real difference in the world? If so, how about making a change? There’s no denying that switching careers is a bold and scary move, however our work takes up so much of our time and energy. If you’re not happy in the workplace and can’t find anything rewarding or interesting about your current job, you’re never going to be fully happy in life. Here are a few of the most rewarding careers you could consider if you are ready to make a switch.
Teaching gives you the opportunity to expand young minds, and pass on your passion and knowledge to the next generation. Teachers can make a huge difference to the lives of young people, in some cases completely shaping their lives for the better. It could be inspiring a passion in a young person, leading them to follow this up and shape their career path. It could be seeing something in a struggling student and helping them when others have failed. I had a third grade teacher, Ms. Terry, who had the most amazing sense of style. She was clearly an artist at heart. I remember vividly her jewelry and belt. She was fashionable, kind and so energetic. I thought one day that is exactly the kind of a woman I want to be. Most of us have teachers we remember and who have impacted our lives in some way, you could be one of them.
You don’t have to be a surgeon, GP, specialist or at the ‘top’ of the medical career path to have a rewarding job in the healthcare industry. If you’re a caring person, great under pressure and in difficult situations, and you want a job which is high energy but very rewarding, this field could be perfect for you. Care workers, nursing assistants, community workers, you could even look into exciting roles such as air evac international careers. There are many more opportunities out there- when you work compassionately and responsibility, you can go home at night knowing you’ve done everything you can to help someone. Some careers in health will require you to go to university first, although these days with online courses this is something you could consider doing part time around your current day job. Others, you can get into without qualifications and be taught on the job, all things to consider when you’re thinking about your career options.
Working as an employee for large corporation may not seem like most rewarding career path for you. However, that’s not to say that business in general can’t be a rewarding field to work in. Setting up your own company for example can be incredibly rewarding and allow you to pour your passion and creativity into something that really matters to you. I had no idea that I would learn to create my own work in social media and I have loved every minute of this opportunity. You could also consider working in roles like human relations where your job could involve solving things like workplace bullying and harassment and worker illness where you are genuinely helping employees work through issues they might have. It might not be the first thing you think of when you’re considering rewarding careers but it’s definitely one to think about- especially if you already have a business background as you won’t need to start right from the bottom.
What is your advice for finding a rewarding career?
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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