“I don’t get paid near enough for the work I do.”
“I am going to be stuck here for the next 10, 20 or 30 years.”
These are all comments I have heard — I’ve even said them myself — from individuals who are unhappy with their current career and now seek a job change or career development advice. But before you jump ship to pursue your dream of hosting a television game show in California, remember the job landscape in the U.S. has changed drastically in the past three years.
The economy has altered how corporate America deals with employees and it is important to understand how to navigate the new job environment.
And the answer to obtaining your dream job may be found right where you currently work.
Here are three suggestions to move you closer to creating the job you want with the job you have:
1. Take time to think about aspects of your work you enjoy. This includes activities that energize you and bring meaning and a sense of fulfillment to your work day.
Focus on these tasks and seek out similar responsibilities to increase your job enjoyment. Can’t think of any? Start searching out information about other jobs that interest you within your organization. It is easier to move positions within an organization than start fresh with a different company.
2. Learn something new at work. Learning creates a feeling of accomplishment and provides a challenge. Jason, a successful IT manager, found his job exciting and challenging the first five years. But when I met with Jason, he wasn’t experiencing the same job satisfaction and was contemplating leaving the organization. After questioning him about what changed, Jason realized he was bored, even though he was overwhelmingly busy during the workday.
Jason took the initiative to learn new skills and transform his current work into his dream job, while at the same time becoming more valuable to his employer.
3. Take control of your career. It is not up to your boss, work associate or the cafeteria chef to create your dream job, (although good food at work always helps). It is your responsibility. Only you know how you want to spend 40 hours each week of your life. Research your organization and take action to move to, or create your dream job.
It is up to you to create the job you want with the job you have. All it takes is some thought and action. Remember, it is your career.
A consultant, author, PhD, triathlete, father, and resident of Gilbert, Dr. CK Bray is a career and organizational development expert who has worked with numerous organizations – ranging from Fortune 500 companies to emerging start-ups. He can be reached at ck@DrCKBray.com or find his blog and more at www.DrCKBray.com.