Why You Need to Keep Your Current Job on the way to Your Dream Job
In this grueling economy, it is no secret that the career opportunities out there are seriously dwindling. Many professionals out there are stuck in dead-end jobs that they are clearly over-qualified for, and that is even if they can find a job at all. For many, their dream careers have become a thing of the past, an unreachable goal forgotten somewhere in between foggy resume lines and disappointing interviews.
What is the alternative then for those stuck in a professional rut with lots of dreams yet very few prospects? Should you quit your current job, or play the waiting game until the next BIG opportunity presents itself, if ever?
Well, conservatism is not just an accounting principle: it may serve you well in your career too. Indeed, it may be wiser to keep, and even maximize, your current job on the way to the career of your dreams. This is why:
1. Experience is the most valuable of skills: whatever it is that you are currently doing for a living, whether it is shuffling mail in the mail room or juggling serving trays at the restaurant, your experience is invaluable. What you learned to do is an asset that no one can ever take away from you. Waitressing? Your customer service sense and multitasking skills are preparing you to the next level. Executive assistant? Your diligence and time management skills may be just what you need for that freelance job you’ve been eyeing. Take the experience, and enjoy it!
2. Connections, connections, connections: wherever you may have landed, there are bound to be people around you. People on the phone, via the computer, people sitting around you most of the day. They are your resource to learn more, practice more and get where you need to be. The grumpy boss with prior experience in real estate? An incredible resource for that real estate career you’ve been thinking about. Use, without abusing, the resources around you, as long as it is not interfering with your daily job.
3. Time is of the essence: I strongly believe that situations happen at their appointed time. If you are not where you think you should be, there is a reason behind it. Rather than racking your brain to find out the why’s and how’s, just accept that this may not be your time just yet. Would you want to arrive unprepared for the interview of your life? Well, think of your current situation as buying much needed time to hone your skills and prepare yourself for the opportunity of your life. Use this time to research your desired job or industry, make connections, get better at what you already do, and dare to dream!
Remember that you are where you are supposed to be, on the way to where you are going! No time is ever really lost, if one puts it to use to learn something and improve oneself…
On this hopeful career note, please enjoy your day and keep working towards your dreams!