Moving on to Plan B

“Concentrating on the good aspects of your current job—the reasons you chose it in the first place—can help you go from feeling like a victim to someone who’s actually in control of the situation,” Cora advises. In addition, she recommends thinking of ways you can bring what interests you about a Plan B career into your current position: “If you’ve always wanted to start something from scratch, look for ways that you can head up a new project within your company.”

Psychology Today has a piece about that itch people get to quit their jobs and go to Plan B—Plan B being that thing they’ve always wanted to do. The bit of advice of finding ways to get excited again about the job you already have, is helpful—unlike the examples the writer chose to illustrate this story: financial analyst becoming a blogger, engineer becoming a teacher, lawyer becoming an actor, and equities trader becoming a documentary filmmaker. These are all people in high-paying jobs who built a cushion for themselves to pursue something else they loved. Sure, if you have money, it’s much easier to try a new career path. But what if you’re not in a high-paying job? I would have loved to see an example of how a dental assistant pursued his or her Plan B career.

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