At the start of your career, anything and everything seems properly. You graduated from university fully convinced that you were going to change the world. But upon tossing your mortar board in the air and removing your graduation gown you hit the ground with a bump. You came to realise just how cut throat and competitive the job market was. You saw how many companies were looking for hours upon hours of unpaid work in the name of “experience”. You saw how difficult it was to even get noticed for an internship, let alone a paying job. Nonetheless, the bills kept coming. And you wanted to show the world that you were ready to be independent and self-sufficient.
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When it comes to our career choices, we usually fall down one of two paths: doing something we love for less salary or doing something we dislike for a higher one. What you pick generally depends on your financial situation. For instance, if you have a family to take care of then bearing with a higher-paying but boring job is usually better. However, if you have more financial freedom then it’s very common to pick a job that you enjoy even if it pays less.
Let me paint a terrifyingly common picture; you are in a job that you once loved and for whatever reason that spark is now gone and you are feeling worn down. Not just worn down, you are feeling deeply unhappy. This isn’t a storm that will pass. You know the expiration date has been met and you want to leave. No, you need to leave. But you can’t. You are stuck. You know you must leave but first you must get over the guilt you feel about leaving.