The job struggle is real for many Americans. It’s hard to find good paying jobs; in fact it’s often hard to find a job period. It’s hard to find a job that you enjoy and that has advancement opportunities as well as good benefits. I hear this complaint come from so many people on a daily basis yet the only thing that most people don’t realize is that the problem lies within them and only they have the power to fix it.
Finding the problem within you can be much more difficult than you would imagine. Could it be that you are looking in the wrong job fields? Could you be lacking the skills necessary to competently perform the basic functions of the jobs you are seeking? Are you lacking education? Maybe it’s the area you are searching in? These factors along with many others could be the root cause(s) of your job hunting problem. So what are you going to do to figure out what the problem is and what changes are you going to make to get towards your goal of being “happy” with your career? Grab a pen and paper and get ready to make a list of things that may help you figure out how to turn your struggle into in to success.
One key thing you need to first think about is the area you live in. Are you perfectly happy and content with the area? Have you ever considered a move? It’s not that hard to relocate and maybe some change would give you the opportunity to see new things, people and job opportunities. Do a little research and ask around. I would even ask some strangers for their thoughts and opinions. Jot down the places that people talk highly of and then research those areas a little bit to find out more. The worst that can happen if you move somewhere and don’t like it or don’t find that “perfect” job is that you are in the exact same position you were before just in a different area. So you continue your search and whether or not you ever find that perfect place or perfect job will ultimately depend on the effort you put in.
So another major part of finding a career that you will enjoy is getting the education/training necessary to make it in that career. This is another area that takes research and asking around before you just pick one and go for it. So start researching different jobs that are out there and then ask the people in those fields if they are satisfied with their job or if they have any recommendations for someone that may want to enter that career. Be ready for some negative answers but don’t write that job off just based on one person’s opinions. You will also hear some positive answers and can’t just assume that you would be happy as well. You have to dig in deep to find out what the pros and cons are of that career. Ask them why they love it or hate it so much. Now once you have found some jobs to think about you need to find out what it takes to get into that type of career. Can you afford schooling? Does someone offer on-the-job training? Can you get a daytime interning position for little to no pay and work at night time to make some extra cash to pay the bills? This may sound crazy but it could be your foot in the door on that career. You have to make sacrifices to get where you want to be. Don’t expect it to be handed to you with a smile.
Now what about your attitude on life? Do you consider yourself a happy person? Are you happy with yourself? Can you make changes that might help you become happier? If you answered no to any of those questions then you need to make some changes in your life. Whatever things might be making you unhappy need to be changed. Maybe it’s the people you spend time with or the places you hang out. You don’t have to get rid of those things but you may need to reduce the amount of time you spend around those places and people. Sit back and listen to your surroundings for a week, including your own actions, and if you hear a lot of negativity then you need some change. Dwelling on the negative things in life will only make your search for happiness and that perfect job even more difficult. It’s hard to go to work happy when you live an unhappy life at home. You can fake the smile but you can’t hide the pain.
Alright, so you have considered some of these suggestions I hope and maybe thought of a few things on your own. Now what do you do next? Make a timeline of when you’d like to get these things done and go do it! The change won’t happen if you don’t make it happen. I have overcome many personal things in my life that have led me to a happier point in my life. I make the best of what I have and strive for more every day. No one will hold me back and failure will only come if I allow it. I refuse to blame others for my problems and struggles. I am the number one person that controls my destiny and I will make sure that I always do the right thing to keep my life on track and my family happy. Flip the switch yourself and pave the way you want to go. This will be easier for some than others but not impossible for anyone.