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The other day a friend mentioned that her husband was seriously considering jumping ship from his job of 17 years. His heart is in helping people but he's tired of the daily grind, where he works as a social worker in a hospital. Long hours of work, too few vacation days, and the emotional stress that comes with working with people and families in crisis have chipped away at his job satisfaction. He wants to consider other job opportunities - something in the same field, or perhaps something all together different (e.g. running his own hardware store). He doesn't have many leads for exploring his options and my friend is worried that he's going to jump ship before having a plan.
Have others encountered a similar crossroad? How did you take stock of your options, skills, and opportunities? Are there helpful resources that you would recommend?
ilar".... How did you take stock of your options, skills, and opportunities? Are there helpful resources that you would recommend? "....
You have, of course, asked the contents of entire books.
Options --- most of us don't realize our options as we often do not know what kinds of jobs even exist. I would be spending some weekend afternoons in the library going through their reference info on jobs. The government publishes stats on jobs (how many people are in them, growth projections, education/backround needed, where to get further info, etc.). I would be perusing these and "what iffing" about possibilities.
I definitely concur about not leaving until you (well, your husband) finds something else. I'm sure we all know that the job market has been steadily getting tighter and now, it's up in the air. But, there ARE always jobs out there.
Opportunities --- job boards. I spend countless hours, online, looking at boards such as Monster, Dice, Hotjobs, etc. You can search and find the major boards with no problem. I don't know how familiar you are with these job search engines. You can go into them, for free, and do searches for various criteria, including for your area in which you live as well as many classifications. You should get some kind of feel for the marketplace looking at these jobs ads, or the dearth of them (whichever it may be).
So, short answer is to see what kinds of jobs exist and then, what kinds of jobs employers are advertising for. Also, if you're not aware, many employers do not use job boar ds and advertise on their own sites. I worked as a CNA in a hospital (my 4th car eer), and the hospitals in this area all posted jobs on their own hospital websites.
Good luck --- been there, done that, multiple times ..............