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Do what excites you and the money will follow based on your performance. Don't chase the money. Chase the dream. Money is fleeting and not that hard to acquire when you are willing to subordinate your dreams to get it. The dream takes more work and is much more rewarding over the life span. I am sure you have a dream type job in mind. Plot a course to get there. Set a target timeline for it - say no more than three years. Seek some career planning counsel. Many good books on the subject.

last year

Final comment, be realistic with career dreams. Some dreams require you to partner with others to pull them off. You can't always do it on your own. For these dreams, broaden your support base and work towards the end result desired.

last year

+1 - it's hard to do anything alone in this world let alone your career. People talk a lot about having a network, but I think having "sponsors" is what we should all be aspiring towards. Sponsorship is when more senior professionals you've worked with help to elevate you by positioning you for a job opening or introducing you to the right people (they do this because you've demonstrated you are effective in helping them achieve their goals and you've built a relationship of trust). You can't get a sponsor without putting in time with the right organization. If you don't know what you want to do with your career, I say look for a leader who inspires you at a company with a good mission :-)

last year

Do what your heart desires. Don't do what all your friends are doing and think that is the path you need to take. Leaders never follow.

last year

Hey Memhmb,

If you provide a bit more information, I can give you more personalized advice. However, just from your post title, my guess is that you're currently in a role either at a company that's not exciting or the job isn't a match for your passion.

If the company is the problem, follow your curiosity and see if you can make a lateral move or level-up at a company that is more aligned with what you're curious in. For example, if you're in eCommerce but you find social networks interesting and you're currently in sales, look for a role as an SDR in growing or established social networks. Then, you'll be able to enter the social network space without having to take a paycut or go back a step.

However, if the problem is the role (e.g. you're in sales but you want to transition to marketing or software engineering), these are much more challenging moves. They may involve paycuts or investing your time outside of work to gain the skills necessary to make a complete career pivot. My friend who is a Digital Marketing Manager (DMM) is going through something similar right now. He has a passion for software engineering, but his experience as a DMM isn't enticing to hiring managers looking for software engineers. At this point, he's deciding if he should invest the money and take a dev. bootcamp or try, and I firmly believe that taking the dev. bootcamp is the right move for him. He's incredibly passionate about engineering, and even if things don't work, he'll gain a skill that will make him more marketable in the future. Moreover, he'll still be able to get a DMM position as the program is only a few months.

I know this advice is rooted in hypotheticals, but I hope it helps. If you have more specific questions though, please reply back, and I'll help as best as I can!

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