When you dread Sunday nights, when you come home from work drained, when the work day is either a constant fire drill or time can’t pass fast enough, when you could care less about the work at hand, when you lack a connection with your coworkers, when your work has gone unappreciated or recognized, when you find yourself daydreaming out the window at work wishing you were any place else but there, it may be time to step back and reassess your career plan.
Work does not have to be painful and arduous. It is absolutely possible to love your work and have a fulfilling job but it requires two things. One is a clear sense of self and second is an ongoing career management plan. A clear sense of self comes with knowing what you can and want to do, knowing your style, strengths and values and being clear about what trade offs you are willing and unwilling to make. An active career management plan is about knowing your options, knowing how your skills transfer to other jobs and knowing how to help others in your network help you by connecting you to others and opportunities.
We are at work 2/3 of all waking hours, life is too short not