What to do When You Realize You’re in the Wrong Career

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”   -Steve Jobs

I’ll never forget the exact moment when I decided to leave my window facing cubicle. I only had 3,000$ in my account, no plan B, and 600$ student loan plus $1,300 rent payments due monthly.

Still, I knew that the allure of a convenient cubicle, excellent vacation time, health benefits, and a distant promotion was ending. I wanted more.

It made me think about my life decisions so far. Did I enter this biopharmaceutical position because it looked good on paper?

Soon enough, I realized that I was in the wrong career and I wasn’t being challenged, inspired, or reaching my optimal self. So, I started to:

[1] Create sovereign beliefs.

When I decided to leave my job, it sounded crazy. There was a lot of chatter surrounding the decision, like “It’s an amazing job, why would you quit?” What will you do now?” “What kind of money and career could you possibly find in communication?” “You should be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer instead!”

Still, I created my own beliefs—that I was worthy, talented, and determined to find a career that fit who I was (not what others wanted me to be).

[2] Squeeze the juice.

I used my current job to learn as many transferable skills as I could for my ideal career. For example, I started taking on more communication-related projects and became their newsletter’s Editor-in-Chief.

I also received strong letters of recommendation from my managers and squeezed out any valuable experiences that could help me move forward.

[3] Be instinctual.

Despite everyone in my friend circle, family life, and mentors telling me that science and medicine jobs were where “the money was,” and the right way to be successful, my gut said otherwise.

I knew that I could end up in a line of work that I loved and get paid abundantly for it. I trusted my inner voice and grew my self-confidence, despite other’s doubts.

[4] Locate allies on all frontiers.

For me, I wasn’t strong physically so I started working with a personal trainer. I also needed more clarity on my life-purpose and professional assets so I hired a life coach and resume service.

Lastly, I didn’t put my mental health on a backburner. Instead, I took steps to heal my anxiety disorder with therapy.

Overall, I took a strong, ruthless look at what parts of my life and self were barricading my own success. Then, I networked with those that could help me clear these barriers, even contacting other content creators for 1:1 advice.

[5] Ready, set, goal!

I started setting short and long-term goals by asking myself,

What did I want to achieve in one week, one month, and one year?

By writing down my goals and journaling my aspirational to-dos, my vision became clearer.  So, I invested in a planner, organized daily routines, and scheduled in time to do what’s important.

I also worked hard to find academic or professional programs that could help give me the aptitude I needed to transition into my new field.

[6] Throw out the trash.

I started to trash unhealthy habits and toxic people, like eating healthier, spending time in solitude to focus on my dreams, and decluttering my home and life.

I also let go of negative friends and started committing myself to more acts of kindness in the community. All in all, it helped increase my inner-light.

So, what steps will you take today to start making your dreams a reality?

Now, I’ve been published on major platforms like Sivana East, Thought Catalog, YourTango, Classy Career Girl, and Elephant Journal. I was also accepted into The Johns Hopkins Communications graduate program. And, as I expand my passions in graphic designing, content creating, and growing my personal business Organizational-Bliss, I look back at that decision I made in my cubicle—and boy, was it worth it.

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