If you have found yourself in a rut in terms of your career as of late, if you seem to no longer come to work with the same spring in your step as you did when you first started, or if you're simply bored with the seemingly mundane tasks that you go about everyday, it may be time to give some serious thought to making a career shift. However, when faced with this question, most people find it hard to arrive at a single answer. With the multitude of possibilities in the workforce today, regardless of the industrial sector, more and more people are finding it hard to decide on what kind of job they would like to have.
You must be able to train yourself to be a forward-thinker. At this point in your career, if you were experiencing the feeling of being in a rut, it would be a good idea to make some realistic projections about your career. First, take note of all of your previous jobs and your current one. Make a list of all the skills you have acquired over the years, the training you have received and the seminars you have attended. Make a skill outline for yourself, and determine your top four or five skills.
Having identified what you are already good at, it's time to take stock of what you are passionate about. This requires some serious introspection on your part; so if you need more time to think about it, go right ahead. Make sure that you are able to determine what you are truly passionate about. It could be anything under the sun, may it be music, the arts, working with your hands, teaching, building things, or anything at all. Make sure that you are able to list all these things that make you excited, not merely as a hobby, but for the sole reason that you honestly, truly enjoy doing these things.
Once you have identified what you are good at on a skill-based level and what you are truly passionate about, it's time to put the lists together. See which of your passions can be fueled by your existing skills. If you feel that you are lacking training in any area, make plans in order to gain those skills, such as enrolling in a short course or actively seeking out companies that can provide you with the needed training as part of the job. Not all career paths lead to another office job or role. Quite a few people have made career shifts into entrepreneurship, with remarkable results.
The bottom-line of all this is that whatever career choice you make, it will still all depend on your attitude towards work, life, and your own personal fulfillment. Don't let the feeling of being in a rut get to you - such thinking is counter-productive, and will only give you more reasons and excuses not to venture forth and find what you truly want to do. Keep an optimistic mindset about this, and you should be well on your way to deciding on your next life-changing career move.