how do I come to phrases with giving up on my dream job?

by Alison Inexperienced
on Could 25, 2023

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” query. A reader writes:
I’ve a really particular coaching and “dream job,” which for the sake of this query let’s say is archaeology (though it’s not). I’ve been captivated with archaeology since I used to be a youngster and have each an undergraduate diploma and grasp’s diploma in it, in addition to years of analysis assistant expertise and plenty of convention displays. Sadly, the job marketplace for archaeologists could be very restricted, and most positions both require a PhD or particular mechanical/technical coaching I don’t have. Whereas I utilized for the few variety of positions out there to me, I sadly didn’t get any (and the wage tends to be under the price of dwelling for the cities they’re situated in).
Because of this, I bought a job in a completely unrelated discipline. I benefit from the work, the pay is cheap for the placement, and I’m genuinely within the org’s mission. It’s simply not what I imagined myself doing. In fact, going and getting a PhD is at all times an possibility if I need to return to archaeology, however I’m unsure I need to dedicate 4 to 6 extra years of coaching simply to enter the unstable educational job market, particularly when that 4 to 6 years in my present job/normal discipline may see me getting a number of promotions/wage will increase. I suppose I’m simply on the lookout for recommendation from individuals who have been in related conditions in learn how to come to phrases with this. How do you mentally pivot from seeing your future profession in a single particular option to a completely completely different profession/discipline/purpose?
Readers, what’s your recommendation?

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