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What if the career i trained and worked for loose my interest in like a month or so after starting the job? shoul I loose hope?

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Brittney’s Answer

Hi Jonathan,

I can relate to your question. I think it is completely normal to feel this way! When I first started my career, I initially thought I made the wrong choice in a degree and professional overall. I have to admit that my first year transitioning from college into the real world as an adult was extremely difficult and I was second guessing myself on what exactly I wanted to do. I ultimately decided that I would put hard work into my career for at least one to two years before re-assessing. Now, after five years of being with the same firm, I'm happy with my choice of sticking it out! From my personal experience each year has gotten better and I'm genuinely more interested and passionate in what I do. Conversely, I've had friends that stayed for a year or two in their profession, who decided to go back to school to get a different degree. In all, however, I think we were all happy to create a longer timeline (i.e., one year or more instead of several months) to make such a big life decision. Best of luck to you and please reach out to me if you want to hear more about my experience!





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Tom’s Answer

Hi Jonathan. No.

Presumably you are studying something that interests you at the moment. A job in that field might actually be great. Instead of losing hope, you might instead prepare for being pleasantly excited! A new job is stressful for a while, but as Lindsey notes, you will become more and more comfortable as your time there increases. You will make new working acquaintance; some of whom you will enjoy visiting with. And the more comfortable you become the more acceptable and interesting the work. As an aside: to become a valuable employee look for suggestions you can make to your supervisor to improve the work you are doing; ("You know boss, if we did it this way it could take only 30 minutes instead of the 45 it is now". That kind of thing) Ok, so what if things turn out poorly. Here's a secret. Most people change jobs several times during their working lives; often change careers. How would you do that? (1) keep snooping the jobs listings in your field until you find one that sings to you. (2) See if your training and skills can be applied to a new field (3) get re-trained in a new field that lights your fire. Retraining depends on a lot of factors but often it can mean simply acquiring a new credential/certificate in that new field. Depending, of course, it might take anywhere from a couple weeks to a year.

Jonathan, most people have the same kind of question you are asking. And in my experience they follow pretty much the steps above. Good luck!!

Tom recommends the following next steps:

Go into your currently chosen field of interest with a positive attitude. You will be GOOD at it and enjoy it!!!!
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Lindsey’s Answer

Don't lose hope! Starting a new career can be overwhelming in the beginning. Try to make some new friends in your first few weeks and learn as much as you can. In my experience it takes about 3 months to feel comfortable in a new position. Give yourself time to get used to it and keep your head up! Always keep your resume updated in case something new, that you believe you would enjoy more, comes your way!

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