Despite what positive corporate culture puff pieces on networks like LinkedIn might have you believe, many Brits are still bored senseless at work.
According to a recent study on workplace satisfaction by The O.C. Tanner Institute, around 40 per cent of UK employees find their workplace duties mind-numbing.
And although few people jump out of bed to face a day’s graft with boundless excitement, it’s still important to be in a job that’s as satisfying as possible.
If you’re dreaming of a vocation that’s fulfilling, here are three ways to migrate to a meaningful career.
1. Music therapy volunteering
When you’ve got the boogie in your bones and are a maestro with musical instruments, becoming a music therapist might be your calling.
You’ll harness the power of terrific tunes to improve quality of life for service users with conditions like autism and dementia — enhancing their physical and emotional wellbeing and helping them to develop or retain communication skills.
Volunteering with Nordoff Robbins as a music therapy assistant will help you decide whether you’re suitable for this career and provide you with valuable practical experience while you earn a formal qualification to practice professionally.
2. Commercial diving
If diving’s already your hobby, you could covert it to a full-time vocation by training as a commercial diver.
Once qualified, a range of interesting and lucrative roles are available in the offshore oil and gas industry, in inland diving applications inspecting bridges and powerplants, or completing searches for government agencies.
Completing a course with Commercial Diver Training that’s conducted by teachers currently working as subsea professionals will earn you a qualification approved by the Health and Safety Executive. And, technical aspects of the training aside, you’ll have the opportunity to network with people who have already carved out a career in this niche industry.
3. Distance learning
Formal qualifications can be an excellent passport to career migration. But full-time, campus-based learning is often impractical for people with family commitments who can’t afford to reduce their working hours or quit completely to dedicate themselves to their studies.
However, studying online with Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning enables you to fit learning around work and family commitments, participating part-time when it suits you best.
You could earn an enterprise-focused MBA, a degree in digital marketing or even a professional football coaching qualification. With courses which are accredited by sector-specific bodies, you can be confident of their vocational value.
And your current job won’t seem nearly as dire when you know you’re working hard to make your escape to a brilliant new career.
If you want your dream job to become reality, pursue one of these three ways to migrate to a meaningful career. Life’s too short to be stuck in a job that no longer floats your boat.
Have you successfully switched careers? Share your tips in the comments section.