How Can I find a More Rewarding Job?By Julie Jansen
I am 40 years old and have worked in retail my entire career. Right now I am terribly under employed as a lead cashier in a high volume retail chain store. I have a Masters degree in art history from Columbia. I feel so trapped. It would be so easy to find another retail job but I really want to do something more rewarding. What should I do?
The first thing to do is to identify which values you'd like fulfilled in your next career. Are they creativity, financial stability, challenge or recognition? There are hundreds of values so it's important to prioritize them.
Next, brainstorm industries that appeal to you. You mentioned your degree in art history. Does this mean you'd like to pursue something in the art field? If so you could work in a museum, for an art foundation or an auction house. You are fortunate to live in New York City where these are plentiful.
You'll also need to network to learn how realistic it is for you to work in the industries and jobs you've identified. The more you network, the more you'll learn and you'll begin to uncover job openings.Changing careers is a process that can be difficult, discouraging and tedious at times. Finally finding a new job in an exciting new field is well worth it. Good luck!