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I'm trapped in my job!

Some people seem satisfied, challenged, and engaged in their careers.  Wouldn't it be nice to experience that?!

One of the most common career problems people face is feeling stuck or trapped in a job.  Have you ever found yourself saying something like this:

"I want to change jobs, but that's not a smart move in this economy."
"No one will pay for the things I really want to do."
"I'm too old to change careers now."
"I don't know what I want in a job. All I know is that I don't want what I have now!"

Start to Get Unstuck

The first step to career transition is to

take a step back and consider your values.

Make a list of the things that are most important to you.  Write them down or type them up.

Once you have your list of values, choose the two or three values that are most important to you.  Spend some time defining what those values really mean to you.  When you're really expressing that value, what do you hear, see, and feel around you and within?  What types of things do you find yourself doing when that value is your highest priority?

One of my most important values is

helping others grow.

The thing I love most about my work is the people I've mentored in their careers.  Recently, I had lunch with a mentee who was once making $50,000 a year in a job she felt lukewarm about.   Now, in this economy, she's just taken an exciting and challenging job making over $200,000!  I feel so proud of her, to see how far she's come and to know that I helped her get there.  I encouraged her and, when appropriate, very directly guided her.  Helping people do something they love and that they want to do... that makes my day.

What values make your day?