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7 Tips To Discover A New Career Path When You Feel Stuck

Are you feeling stuck in your career? If so, it's time to do something about it.

Stress and burn out can account for a lot of dissatisfaction in life. After all, you spend at least 8 hours and sometimes more a of your day at work. That’s 1/3 of your day if you don’t count sleep. So its safe to say if you're unhappy with you work, you're more than likely unhappy with your life. That’s a long time to be dissatisfied. Perhaps, its time to consider what your dream career looks like.

If you feel stuck, here are 6 great ways to find your ideal career:

1. Brainstorm on a sheet of paper

Here's a strategy I use all the time. Take out a pad or a piece of paper and write down at the top your objectives in question form.  Then, simply list out 20 answers to your question. 

 For example, you could write “What should I be doing with my time and life?” 

Then stay seated for a half hour to an hour coming up with answers to that question.

The key to this exercise is coming up with 20 answers - don’t quit until you have 20 answers. You can repeat every day until you get the answer you seek.

2. Ask 3 close friends

Sometimes our friends know us better than we know ourselves. While meeting with one of your friends, mention you are at a crossroads in your life and career.  Ask them what they think you’d enjoy doing. You might be surprised at how easily they can zero in on your strengths and abilities and report a perfect job area.

3. Ask your boss and coworkers
Sometimes this isn't a good idea, so proceed with caution. However, much like your friends in the example above, your boss and coworkers most likely see you in a way you don't see yourself.

In fact, they are likely most familiar with your strengths and weaknesses in the work environment. Compile all the answers you get from them and see if there are any common threads you can explore.

4. Call a Recruiter

If you are searching in your career, it’s likely you have a resume. Sometimes you can catch a Recruiter during their slow times and meet with them to pick through what you might be good at.

I’ve done this at different times in my life and they seem open to talking with me. After all, if you don’t get paid, they don’t either. The ideas I get are usually good.

5. Take a career assessment test
There are several sites on the Internet you might be able to take one of these tests for a fee. However, using my ‘recruiter’ tip above, many recruiters have this software and don’t mind you taking the test in their office.

I’ve taken these tests two times in my life and they usually take an hour or two, but they are thorough. They ask you to answer a series of questions about what you are good at, what you like to do, what you prefer doing over what you don’t. If you take one, you will likely see some new exciting areas to explore in your life.

6. Keep a journal
Do you keep a journal? If so, read through, looking for common threads in your writing. Keep your eyes peeled for trends and activities you like as well as don’t like.

In fact, finding examples of what you don’t like and what frustrates you is almost as important as finding what you do like. For example, if you hate an overwhelming boss, you’d probably like a self-directed position. If you hate nosy coworkers you’d probably prefer your own office.

7. Prayer and meditation 

If you're a spiritual person, you might discover that some of your best answers and resolution to your problems are received this way. Spend sometime praying and meditating daily, just might help you find your path to happiness.

Discovering what you really want to do with your life is the most important decision you can make. We spend 1/3 or more of our lives at work.

So figuring out the right career is important to keeping that 1/3 of our lives happy and productive.

Leave a comment below and let us know if you discovered a new career path. Tell us what it is and how you discovered it. We look forward to hearing from you. 


  1. I really like these ideas. I can see how a career test would really help you find your calling. We often need a little help when we're trying to really find our passion.

  2. This is great advice. I know writing things down has always helped me out. Also, talking things over with friends!

  3. This is all excellent advice! A career change can seem overwhelming, but life is too short to not enjoy what you do for a living.

  4. I never thought about calling a recruiter. I may end up doing that in August to help look for work from home jobs. Thanks for the tips.

  5. I think this is something we all go through at some point. I think these are good tips that can help you get unstuck.

  6. Great ideas! I love the idea of asking friends because sometimes they can see us in a career path we may not even think about!

  7. Writing down things can definitely help a ton! Finding someone to offer support and advice when looking for a new career is a great idea!

  8. These are such a great ways and advice to find an ideal career. I love the way of asking with you boss, co- workers and friends about it because like what you've said they are seeing you more than seeing yourself.

  9. Great tips! Following these you'd get some great advice and options.

  10. I love those tests! They seem to really know what we want before we do sometimes! They are great!

  11. These are great tips. I am currently between careers myself and found this very helpful

  12. These are great tips. When I'm confused or don't know what to do or where to go, I just pray, pray and pray. And it was always answered.

  13. These are great tips. Sometimes you don't even need a new career path but that clarification while going through the process helps you get back on track.

  14. These are some really great and motivating tips. Doing something worth your time really raises morale.

  15. These are some really sound pointers to re-discover your own strengths and build a different career from scratch. Brain storming and putting things down on paper is something really effective.

  16. I had a good enough relationship with my boss that I was able to ask her what my strengths were and we were able to discuss possible career paths.


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