Do you dread Monday mornings and yearn for Friday night every week? In his lifetime, the average man spends a solid total of eleven and a half years at work but only 115 days laughing. As such a massive proportion of time spent alive, we need to make the very best of our careers with the aim to actually love going to work!
You can start right now. If the only thing stopping you from the next promotion is a qualification – get it. If that qualification will cost you money, use your savings, work part time in an easier job or ask for money for your next birthday. It will be worth it. Anna Green (a blogger for the Wizzcash brand) outlines some of the best routes to pursue to achieve your goal.
A degree is not just a qualification attained in your late teens and early twenties; there are thousands of mature students working towards an Open University degree from home in their spare time. Don’t imagine that student loans are only for the youngsters, they are also available to older students who are in work, depending on their situation. More than one million students in England pay their fees annually with a student fee loan. It doesn’t affect your credit rating and is not means tested. Alumni include Joan Armatrading, Air Chief Marshal Sir Brian Burridge, Mylene Klass and Lenny Henry, so you will be in good company.
Mind Tools is a website established in 1996 which helps more over 15,000,000 people every year with leadership skills, problem solving, time management, communication and a wide range of other tools to improve your potential. They can help make your working life happier, increase your chances of that promotion or even give the boost to help you change career direction. It’s a membership only site which costs 75p for the first month, then £12 or £17 month depending on which level to take up.
Some employers might allow you to study at college one day a week, or you could find an evening class. This might be to study a subject related to your current career, or something totally different to expand your skill-base or simply for enjoyment. Send off for prospectuses of the colleges in your area to see what they offer.
Clearing your head
Another tool, free this time, includes some help from your partner, close friend or maybe a parent. Turn off the TV, ignore your mobile phone and make yourself comfortable. On a large piece of paper, mark two columns; one for pros and the other cons. Think of at least ten things to put in each column about your current job. Think of the big things (maybe money) and the small things (friends, local pub, good canteen) and you’ll soon realise how much you love or hate your job. On another piece of paper, write down ALL your skills. This could be qualifications, hobbies, personality traits etc. When you’ve done all this, you can work out what job you really could be doing. It’s never too late to change direction, and if it makes you happier, go for it!