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July 31, 2019

"The only thing worse than starting something and failing... 

is not starting something.

Seth Godin, Author

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)

Mujeres y Allies,

Most of us believe that after we finish college or trade school, our careers will take off when we find the job that matches our chosen field of study. And after landing that first job, we will work at developing our skills, build a strong reputation, and advance each year. It happens but it’s not always the case.  In fact, only 27% of college grads secure jobs related to their college majors and as of June 2018, 43% of recent college grads are underemployed---working part-time or as contractors on a gig.  Even among those already working, only 51% are actually satisfied with their job. If you wake up dreading going to work or you are concerned that your career choice may not be your true calling, don’t suffer in silence or wrestle with doubt.  It is perfectly fine to change careers--in fact, the norm now is to have five careers in a lifetime.  This week’s #3LVCareerHacks is all about what to do if you think you want to change careers.  

Uno, dos, y tres. Let’s do this con ganas.

Tip #1  Understand Why You are Unsatisfied

There are many reasons why you might not be happy with your career now and the remedy rests in understanding what’s the source of your dissatisfaction.  Is it how your boss treats you? Is it about the long-term prospects for your role? Is it about your salary? Is it the commute? Do you seem to have no energy or enthusiasm for the work itself? Your answers to these questions may mean that your career choice is fine, but the place where you work today is not.  Take a moment to assess your dissatisfaction and reflect on this one question: Do I enjoy the specific work tasks and activities I do for the job and see a future for myself? If the answer is yes, your dissatisfaction may mean you need to find a different place to work versus changing careers. 

Tip #2  Explore Career Alternatives that Fit Your Lifestyle

If you find yourself with no interest or energy doing what you do today, the question is how should you decide “what’s next”?  It will help to take into account the larger life journey you want to craft that looks at your values, family plans and community life you are seeking.  One of the most popular courses at Stanford University is called Designing Your Life which has led to a book, webinar series, and workshops. Take a moment to view a video or read a summary on this approach to life planning and consider your options in the context of the lifestyle that’s right for you. 

Tip #3  Use Your Network for Career Development--Again

As you think of the different career paths you may want to pursue, be sure to hold informational interviews with people who are doing the work you want to do.  Ask what their typical day is like and what kind of activities they most enjoy. Look at the recommended training they may suggest or the best books to read to understand the profession. Find out what professional associations may be related to the career and start attending meetings or conferences.  Look carefully at the salary and benefits for this career to be sure it matches your expectations. Build a 6-month to 1-year transition plan so that you can be prepared and re-launch your career with success!    

That’s it. #3LVCareerHacks on making a career change. 

Got a comment for us? Give us a shout at @SavvyLatinaInfo @LatinaVIDA360 or on our Facebook Group. We’d love to hear from you!  

Live Your VIDA with Intention! 


Your LV Familia!


P. S. Remember, here are the other LatinaVIDA resources for you:

  • Evernote Notebook of Curated Work-Life Resources, Readings and Tips

  • Join our Private Facebook Group

  • LatinaVIDA360 Podcast Latina Leaders in Conversation and NEW Career Power Hacks

  • Our #Slack Community to Share Experiences with LatinaVIDA Circle Guide

  • Past #3LVCareerHacks Newsletters (please share with friends and family)

  • Latina Cubicle Confidential: A Personal Blog from our Co-Founders


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