How To Get Out Of A Career You HateJ.T. O’Donnellon May 15, 2023 at 6:00 pm Work It Daily


If you’re in a career you hate and you haven’t been able to figure out how to get out of it, you’ve come to the right place. As a career coach for over 20 years, I’ve worked with thousands of people in your position. The good news is that there are a couple of simple steps you can follow to successfully get out of a career you hate and into one you love.

You Don’t Have To Climb The Hill Anymore

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​Imagine there are two roads in front of you.

The first road is a huge hill. You would have to go up this hill to see what’s on the other side.

The second road is a straight, flat path. It would be easy to take. It’s really long. But at the very end of it, far off in the distance, you can see a beautiful house, your dream house. You know if you just got on this path and followed it step by step at your own pace, you would eventually get to this beautiful home.

Which road are you going to take? The huge hill where you don’t know what’s on the other side? Or the straight path that might take some time to travel, but you can see exactly what you’re going to get? Obviously, the straight path.

But here’s the thing: you’ve been climbing the hill because that’s what people told you to do, right? Climb that hill, get to the top, and then you weren’t happy. So you climbed another hill, got to the top, and weren’t happy again. Why would you ever want to do that again?

You don’t have to climb the hill. The problem is that school never taught us this. They never taught us how to fix career dissatisfaction. And your employer is never going to teach it to you because that would mean you’d probably leave your job.

So where are you going to learn how to do this? Where do you figure out how to have a straight path to the destination you’re looking for?

How To Get Out Of A Career You Hate (In 2 Easy Steps)

1. Embrace Microlearning

The first step to getting out of a career you hate is embracing microlearning. Microlearning is a concept that involves taking five to 15 minutes out of your day (every day) to learn something new. These small, but consistent, chunks of time you’re dedicating to learning something new are rewiring your brain to help you understand and close your knowledge gaps so that you can get what you want out of your career.

With microlearning, you start at a really slow walk. But over time, you start to get addicted to it. It’s exciting, and it becomes a habit. You start to feel empowered and you go from a slow walk to a full-on run, and that’s how you get to your destination faster.

2. Tap Into Your Professional Strengths

The second step to getting out of a career you hate is tapping into your unique combination of professional strengths. You need to know how you like to create value on the job. When you understand how you like to create value, you can build a personal brand that you can then use to market to the right employers to land your dream opportunities.

This is how you go from being a random job seeker (climbing a hill) to being a focused job shopper who’s getting exactly what he or she wants (straight path). That’s the difference.

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