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Does career happiness equal all round happiness?

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08 Apr 2014

Having fairly recently been introduced to the delights of #hashtags (by someone much younger than me I might add) I have been trying to get to grips with the idea of portraying my life through photos. A few of my friends have talked about a new craze #100dayshappy and a work colleague is doing this at the moment which got me to thinking about what really does make us happy?

Apparently the meaning of life is 42 - if you're a fountain of useless information you will understand this! - but what is the meaning of happiness?

I have to say after a chat with a friend at the gym this morning, it really is the simple things in life that make us happy and make us smile. For some people its as simple as getting a smile from someone in the street, having the door opened for you, eating your favourite food or having a really nice cup of coffee.

But what about the bigger picture?

Life is never easy and, whether we want to admit it or not, the biggest part of our lives is our job. Pick the wrong path and you can leave yourself questioning your whole existence. Pick the right job and everything else seems to fall into place. Is it really that simple though? I believe it is. 

We all have an ambition, something we want to be; an astronaut, a billionaire, a chef. So what are we doing about it? Here are a few tips to help you make a change...

Research

Research everything! There is a wealth of information available at your fingertips thanks to the internet so there is no excuse for going into anything with blinkers on. Weigh up all your options, speak to others people in your chosen field, enter forums, join groups, attend events (networking events are great!) or visit somewhere that specialises in what you want to do. There are plenty of people who are wiling to help so just ask, what the worst that can happen?

Plan

Can you afford to change careers? Do you have the time and determination? Get your life in order first and speak to friends and family for support and advice.

Build Your Confidence

Think about your strengths - if you are completely changing your career and you're at a later stage in life, people might not take you seriously, so you need to be ready to deal with the negativity and the set backs. But if you have fully researched and planned as per the two earlier points then by now you really should know what you're talking about.

My main point would be to not let other people stand in your way. If it's what you want to do then go for it, life's short and you are the only person that can make the change, the only thing that ever stops you from doing anything is yourself.

If you would like a confidential discussion about your current career or are looking for a change, contact me on 0161 8341642 or e-mail kerry.norman@sellickpartnership.co.uk

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