career advice

Everyone gets burned out at work. It happens whether you’re a recent college grad lamenting your career path or a seasoned veteran with years of experience. While it sometimes makes sense to take a risk and change course, doing so is risky, and before you tell the boss you quit, there are a few things you should consider.

In a helpful post for Black Enterprise, career expert Janell Hazelwood shares “three steps to help you fall back in love with your career.” There’s no guarantee they’ll work, but searching for a new job is scary, and if there’s even the slightest chance you can reinvigorate yourself and feel more passionate about your current gig, you should give it a shot. Scroll down to read Hazelwood’s tips.

1. Weigh the Pros and Cons — There are obviously things you don’t like about the job, but what about salary, location, and potential for growth? Are any of these things reasons for sticking around? “Oftentimes, you’ll find that there’s more that you love—or can grow to love, in the grand scheme of things—than you think,” Hazelwood writes.

2. Really Get to Know the Industry — Just because you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, it doesn’t mean there aren’t other opportunities in the same field. Keep up with industry trends and network with coworkers, Hazelwood suggests. You might just land in a happier place without changing horses midstream.

3. Challenge Yourself — Sometimes, all it takes is a big project or creativity-boosting brainstorming session with a coworker to get your head back in the game.

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