How To Shake Up Your Career Or Find A New Path

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If you’re feeling stuck in a professional rut, don’t worry; you’re not alone. Many women find themselves wanting more and not getting it, either because they are being passed over for promotions or because they are afraid of being too assertive. It’s an unfortunate truth that even in this day and age, women in business can be viewed as being “difficult” or “demanding” when they go for what they want in the workplace, and although many businesses have made giant strides in recent years for the way they treat female employees, there are still some superiors who are reluctant to put a woman in a high position for fear she’ll need to take time off to start a family. 

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Fortunately, there are several things you can do to shake up your career or forge a new path altogether. It starts with finding a bit of self-confidence and creating a good plan. After that, the sky’s the limit. 

Here are some of the best ways to make a change where work is concerned

Figure Out Your Goals 

The first step toward making any change is to have a plan. Figure out what your goals are; are you willing to put in the long hours required to move ahead in your company? Often, getting a promotion means putting in extra work and staying late. 

If you feel you’re ready to tackle new responsibilities, set a meeting with your boss and talk about your desire to move up. Don’t be afraid to lay out exactly what you want; your supervisor will appreciate that you’re straightforward and eager to take on new duties. If you’re feeling unsatisfied with your current job altogether, think about what other options you have. Making the decision to quit and find another job is never easy, but it may be necessary if you feel like you’re not getting anywhere. Craft a perfect resume and have it ready, just in case. 

Strike Out On Your Own 

If your current work situation is making you unhappy, remember that no one can change that but you. Consider what it would take to step out on your own and start a business or offer your services, such as tutoring, cleaning homes, or making a product you can sell on a site like Etsy. Thumbtack, Inbound, Takl, and Craigslist are also always good options to find some freelance work. Just remember to check out your local competition to see what services they offer and how much they charge, and get on social media to find out what the interest is in whatever you want to do. 


It’s always a good idea to get a feel for how others are faring in your field, so make it a point to participate in company functions or meet up with coworkers you may not know well otherwise for a drink or lunch. Talk to them about their feelings on how your company is doing and what could be improved. 

You should also make it a point to connect with people outside of your office who are in the same business. Check out LinkedIn, which helps you build a network of contacts so you can share information and stay up-to- date on the latest job market changes. There are also plenty of networking groups on social media sites like Facebook and free professional networking events in your area.

Nothing usually happens overnight but remember that you are always one networking event, contact, business referral, client, or job away from changing your entire career or entrepreneurial journey!

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