Career Anxiety

At first I was like, “is this a thing?” I did some googling and it turns out it is! I’ll be damned…

There were a few articles that came up describing it as being anxious about choosing the right career, or hopping from job to job as stay fresh and not fade away into a specific role, or being scared of learning new things as they may be too difficult and you don’t want to fail. I think my feelings are a tad different from these, but I do understand them.

I had been chatting with a few friends about not being fulfilled at work, so much so, that I was actually considering stepping down to a lower position (just in title and workload, pay would stay the same). I feel like I’ve become stagnant in my current role, only being the worker Bee, being the brains for others, and the role has not led to anything promising. I was thinking if I stepped down, I could regroup and try another route to change lanes. However, as one friend pointed out, I’d probably start feeling the same as I do now if I did step down.

I was feeling anxious about what to do next. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I feel like the job scene has moved light-years beyond my skillset. I was looking at my resume the other day thinking “this sounds whack”. I even Tweeted “I need my resume to go from “I mopped floors” to “Maintained and sanitized various flooring surfaces, with appropriate chemical solutions”… you know, give it a little razzle-dazzle. My software and computer skills are so specific to my current job, I don’t know much about what’s new in software applications outside of it. Plus, I have not interviewed for a job in years, what are those even like these days? To make it worse, I’ve even been letting my dad get in my head, smh.

However, the courage must be garnered to get something done, because I can’t take it much longer. I signed into LinkedIn for the first time in years (only to see that someone I trained and mentored is now doing extremely well, while I’m in the same spot), to set up some job searches. Did so on our industry website as well. I am now going claim, a pristine resume, advancement, fulfillment, more coins, and career happiness. Let’s go!

Published by GilySJ

Born and raised in the Chicago area. I like to call myself an introvert with a twist; enjoy being out and about, but love my time at home the most! Lover of food, music, performing and visual arts, travel, financial wellbeing, and philanthropy!

2 thoughts on “Career Anxiety

  1. You already know I completely identify and am working to determine what’s next for me as well. I would encourage you to start doing a weekly search and any positions that appear to be of interest, apply! Your skill set is much broader than you think. I have embraced not telling myself “no” to positions because that is basically what we are doing when we don’t apply. I am excited about what’s next for you!

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  2. I think everyone goes through this. Growing pains. It’s especially true when we’re not made to feel valued by our management. Seeking new opportunities can be important to help you feel professionally fulfilled.

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