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Managing Your Career: A Guide To Changing Jobs

Updated on September 9, 2014
The tiresome job of waiting for the work day to be over
The tiresome job of waiting for the work day to be over | Source

The Dilemma Of Time Management & Making The Most Of Every Minute

So for quite quite a while now I've been thinking about moving on with my career and looking for a new job. My first intention was to wait until the new year - fresh start, fresh beginning, more jobs listed. You can probably see where I'm coming from. Then I realised something while looking around and considering making applications: at the end of the day, if I end up moving into a role similar to my current one, I'll still be left sitting in an office, doing the same sort of work in accounting and what good would that do for me, considering I would love to try a career change.

A career change is a funny thing though. For most careers, it means getting a solid amount of work experience, plus having tertiary qualifications which may take about 3-5 years full-time alone. So what's the best option? There are some careers which can be taken up by doing a quick course and then trying to make a break into the market, but it's certainly not easy, and since I'm looking for something which isn't a labour intensive or office job, that rules out about 75% of the jobs in Sydney. Bit stuck there. I do have some ideas but whether I'll look into pursuing them yet or not, I'm yet to confidently come to a conclusion.

So back to my initial thoughts from this morning which I'd like to comment on. While at work, I took a bit of time out away from my desk and did some thinking. In a calm state of mind, I thought to myself and realised when I was looking at my watch that only 1.5 hours out of my work day which had passed. ONLY 1.5 hours out of the 9 hours which includes a 1 hour lunch break. I think for most people (especially office workers) who really don't enjoy their jobs, they're constantly looking at the desktop clock on their PC, their watch, or more commonly their phone hoping that the hours pass by quicker than they should in an effort to get out of work as quickly as possible so they can scurry back home or go out for the night.

Now, the dilemma is why should we hope that time passes us by so quickly - these 8 or 9 hours in a work day - especially since our lives are limited. Shouldn't we be out there making the most of our time instead of just constantly focusing on how long it is until we can get out from work.

Essentially, life will pass us by and we won't even know it, with our focus being too much on wanting to have life pass us by while we're not doing the things we enjoy, and having it pass us by too quickly in the shorter moments of happiness we get in life, especially while we're working and sleeping for close to 2/3rd's of our life.

So what's the best way to find a career or a job where you can feel like you're making the most out of your life and time without having to constantly look at the clock wishing the day was over...?


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    • DeviousOne profile image

      DeviousOne 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks for the tips and advice B. Leekley. I think I might try doing some of the things you've suggested.

      Squeezing in the time for hubpages has certainly been happening recently at least, especially when my mind isn't occupied with work.

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      Brian Leekley 6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I suggest going to the public library and studying books on the enneagram and on the Myers-Briggs personality test to gain insight into your personality type. Also look at some books on career choices and take whatever aptitude tests they include. Then ponder on the question what sorts of work do you like most? Then list categories of careers and rank them as to how good of a fit each would be for you, avoiding putting a round peg in a square hole. Do you like to work with numbers, with words, with people, with machines, with the earth? Can you see yourself as a journalist, a teacher, a manager, a nurse, a self-employed accountant, a farmer ....[expand this list]? Or are you a generalist who wants to experience it all and no one thing for long? Then, once you have zeroed in on broad categories of careers and life's work that fit you very well, prefer choices that take you in that general direction, without taking risks that are too big in your circumstances. Meanwhile can you get away with writing hub pages on scratch paper on the sly at work while getting your work done and done well? That might make the time go by faster.

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      DeviousOne 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Hi permore20, thanks for your comment. What's the best way for people to try to get a work from home job? I've heard a few people doing it but that's generally for those who have been at their company for a while and need to take time off for family or ill health.

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      peramore20 6 years ago from Greensburg, PA

      I found that working from home was my way to manage my time and enjoy life. It's not for everybody, but it's definitely my cup-of-tea.