Maybe you wanted to be a professional athlete but your parents encouraged you to get your MBA instead. Education may lead to internships, first jobs and soon experience and decent money in careers that seem unstoppable. Except: the work doesn’t feel satisfying. You don’t like your boss, compete with your colleagues, your efforts are unrecognized, the hours are too long, your workplace culture or responsibilities don’t mesh with your personality, you feel stifled, unfulfilled or underpaid. You may be bored and unchallenged by your job or feel like you’ve hit the ceiling, yet quitting is not an option.
It isn’t always easy to tell the difference between disliking your employer, disliking your job, disliking your work environment, being in the wrong career or simply burnt out. Instead of puttering along in neutral, you need to create a new path for yourself. Speak to a professional, dig deeper and discover the underlying reasons you are unhappy with where you are. Fortunately, careers issues are remediable and you don’t have to give up on your dreams.