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Get Happier: Make These 2 Job Changes To Improve Your Life

Note: This essay was written in collaboration with Mark Henson

It’s usually around the”New Year” that people tend to think about “fresh starts” and making job changes to improve their quality of life.

In a way, being open to change is a holiday gift that we give ourselves.

After all, making positive changes in your career will help to boost both your income and your happiness.

You spend a vast majority of your life doing your job.

It’s crucial that you enjoy what you do, so that you don’t feel miserable for a significant portion of your time on this planet.

There’s no time like the present to explore all of your potential options regarding your job or career. After all, you deserve plenty of job satisfaction in your working life.

Your goal:

Make next year the one where you’re brave.  Begin to look forward to a bright future ahead. 

Your tools:

The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for for the year ahead.

A Qualification Boost

Maybe the key to your happiness is a completely new area of work. If so, you want to start training and gaining the right qualifications that will give you a true advantage for your future in a certain job.

Sometimes, heading back to college can be expensive.

We suggest you try to figure out if there are any financial grants or help available for someone in your position.

If you can’t afford to give up work and head into full-time education, don’t worry.

There are plenty of part-time courses available.

You can check out an online MSW program and explore gaining your teaching qualifications through online lectures and support. It’s not too expensive to study online and gain what you need from the comfort of your own home.

Know this now:

Giving yourself the right things you need on your CV will be a great way to spend the year ahead. Plus, you’ll be happy in the knowledge that you’re working towards your dream job.

A Step Up The Ladder

Maybe right now you’re happy in your chosen field of work, but you feel ready for more responsibility. 

Or maybe you feel like you’re due for a pay rise. 

Either way, it’s time to look into a promotion within your company – or consider looking for a better job outside of your company.

Your first step is to rework your CV.

Write a detailed account of your attributes. Include the reasons you feel you deserve to get a step up the ladder in your current job at your company – or somewhere new. Chances are as you work on your CV you will feel more confident in the skills you have to offer. This renewed confidence will help your power of persuasion when you’re in the room asking for a raise or promotion.

The good news:

Employers often prefer to hire from within and keep their team for long periods of time.

If you’re in a job you enjoy and excel at doing, then you’re already halfway there regarding your suitability for a promotion or a raise.

Be proactive! Take as much action as you can now so that the year ahead will turn out to be your best working year yet.

Note: This essay was written in collaboration with Mark Henson

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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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