Have you ever wondered what would happen when your career path turns into a dead end? You had probably done everything possible to win that promotion, but it is still out of reach. Maybe you love your job, but struggling to survive on a paycheck that barely covers the rent. It is scary, but it is the truth.
Changes are good and at times crucial when it comes to your professional life. Hanging on to a dead-end job is a miserable experience, no matter how you assure yourself; there is no way to escape. For many who are unaware, there is a difference between having a few bad days and feeling truly trapped at work. Doing something rash like storming out with an "I quit!" will only haunt you in future.
Instead, you could devote some time to re-look and re-evaluate. Try making a pros and cons list, and be as honest as possible. Is the problem really with your boss or, could you be guilty for not standing up for yourself? You could also ask your boss for an informal sit-down to discuss your progress.
If your job is terrific, but your salary leaves you cold, you are not alone. Most people want to work in publishing or nonprofits, because they desire a meaningful job, and that is wonderful, but you need to be able to take care of yourself, first. Wanting to make money does not make you a sell-out, and there are lots of ways to volunteer or give back without sacrificing your financial self-worth.
Once you have determined it is time to go, you will need a solid exit strategy. Revamp that resume and while you search online or engage a headhunter, do not be shy about asking your colleagues for help.
Seek advice from those you trust or look up to those in your industry. Ask thoughtful questions about different positions you are interested in. As they say, "it's who you know..." and you do not have to feel bad about using your connections. Lots of higher-ups enjoy helping fledgling professionals, so take advantage of their generosity. Just be sure to send those thank-you notes. You never know who might become your future boss.