Sometimes you sit at your desk and think: “Blah. Get me out of here.”
And then there are those times where you would pay someone a million dollars AND your first born child just to get into a new job or a new career.
I was once the latter person. After grad school, I became a successful consultant in a big firm. Every time I got promoted, I convinced myself to stay just a little tiny bit longer. I couldn't seem to let go of the money or the job title, and so I found myself completely stuck in my career.
I wanted to make a change, knowing something wasn’t right. I decided that if anything was going to change, I had to make it simple. This became a three-step plan, my “unstuck plan,” and my hope is that it’ll help you if you’re feeling a bit career stuck.
1. I talked to people.
I’d been talking to anyone and everyone about why what I was doing sucked. Since this wasn’t helping get me unstuck, I switched gears. I started talking to people in my industry (consulting), outside of my industry but in areas of interest (peace studies), and in random jobs that sounded interesting to me (professors).
Some of the conversations gave me insights about myself or new fields to pursue. Some were just plain motivating. Whatever the outcome, I felt like I was making some progress. I was beginning to understand my options and understand myself — two critical understandings I’d lacked before I started talking about the right things.
Tips for how to start talking: