Do you feel trapped in your job?
Is your career successful, but you still feel trapped or do you dread going to work, but cannot see a way out?

If so then I am going to show you the actions that set me free.

Financial Security

Financial security is critical, especially with dependents i.e. partner and children.

Your current job makes you feel financially secure, right?

Wrong, you have created a single point of failure, lose your job and your commitments will suffer.

You need another source of financial security that will last you until you find another job.

To feel more secure you need to put money aside so you can survive at least 3 months without a job.

It takes time to save, but believe me the sense of relieve is way worth doing.

If you are struggling to put money aside, look at what luxuries you can drop. It may be hard, but you can have them back when you have saved enough.

You can also add to money to the pot by doing side projects, check out my blog post on how to make extra money from side projects.

I do not have the skills other employers want

You have worked for the same company for years and you feel your skills are too company specific. Your knowledge is now limited to internal systems, processes, architecture and technology.

Other employers are not looking for these right?

Soft skills
Ok, but what about your most important transferrable skills, what about your soft skills –

  • Communication Skills
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • Problem solving
  • Conflict resolution
  • Empathy
  • etc

Other than your technical skills, these are the skills that make you successful at your job.

Take a piece of paper and write down everything you have achieved in your current job in the format –

  • Situation – the situation you were in
  • Action – the action you took
  • Results – The positive outcome of your action.

Now for each of them write down what soft skills enabled these.

Wow, did that make you feel good, it should do, you should be proud of what you achieved.

Top tip – this is a technique a lot of interviewers use to test your competencies.

Technical skills
Now for those technical skills. As a developer I learned a lot of fundamental techniques that apply to any technology. I expect you have to.

All you need to do now is take these fundamental techniques and apply it to the latest technologies.

There are many training websites to help, http://www.pluralsight.com is popular.

I also like  http://www.freecodecamp.com. After 800 hours of training on this site,  you can develop for a non-profit organisation. This will give you proven experience as well.

Look how confident you are going to feel in your current job as well as in front of a potential employer.

Feeling less trapped?

But it is tough out there

Every day you read how bad it is in the market i.e. job losses, financial instability, political unrest, etc.

A constant barrage of negativity. Why would anyone leave their job in this market environment?

True, but where some sectors are struggling, other sectors are thriving.

Ignore the negativity and look for the positive stories. You will see lots of opportunities out there, maybe not in your sector, but definitely in others.

I have seen lots of people get great jobs during even the toughest times of the credit crunch. So make positive steps and seek out those opportunities. If you do not, others definitely will.

I don’t know what I want

This is a tough one to break and can be stressful. I have solved this in 2 ways –

1. Likes & dislikes
Take two pieces of paper and on one write all the things you like about your current job and on the other, all the things you do not like.

  • Likes – interacting with people, travelling, solving problems, relationship management
  • Dislikes – budgets, sitting behind a desk, working on my own

You should now have two lists that set out the criteria for your next job.

If you find this hard, get a mentor or friend to help get this information out of you.

2. Give it a try
Start doing things on the side that you think you might like to do. These are what I did –

  • I wrote this blog to see if I enjoyed writing.
  • I rewrote my survey software oneminutepoll.com, now called swiftsay.com to see if I wanted to be a software developer again.
  • I learned online marketing by trying to sell my software – this one is a big leaning curve
  • I did some affiliate marketing
  • I studied successful marketers to see their business models and techniques.

I now have a long list of what I enjoy and what I do not.

Think about things you would like to do and give them a try.

You do not have to dedicate a lot of your time to them, but you will soon see how passionate you are about them.

Making small steps forward, is better than none at all.

I want to wait and see

You are always waiting to see what the future has for you rather than going out there and getting what you want.
A great way to get over this is to –
  1. As above, write down your current likes and dislikes about your current job.
  2. Imagine what it will be like in 2 years time if you change nothing. Write down how you feel.
  3. Imagine what it will be like in 2 years time if you are doing what you want to do. Write down how you feel now.

Over the next 2 weeks, keep imaging the feelings you felt in step 3 and I guarantee you will develop a plan to take action.

Wrap up

Feeling trapped in your job is stressful. Take some action today and follow the steps I have outlined in this post.

Believe me they work as I have used them all.

Then come back and tell me how you get on.

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