Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
I always wanted to be a voice over actor. Voice a cartoon, be the person who speaks really quickly at the end of commercials to get the legalese in, voice online trainings, doesn't really matter what the work is as long as it is voice over work. I've done a little here and there for my current company and for previous, but it has never been the one thing I do as my bread and butter, make it or bust, all my efforts into this one pursuit. Why? I'm practical and a tiny (please don't tell anyone, it will ruin my street cred) bit afraid. My job is steady, it is interesting, it is consistent, I'm good at it and I love the people I work with. Now the big question, what kind of future does it have? Well, if I wanted it to, it could probably look basically the same, day in and day out. But I don't see it that way. Every year I take stock of what I want, what I need and what is realistic to the things I can accomplish in this job and I dialog with my leadership and the people around me about ways I can get involved and make things interesting either through social interactions, special projects or some opportunity I wasn't even aware of until I put out the word that I wanted to find a new dimension to my position.
Now back to the practical part. The option of switching things up (however minor that switch may be) in a job may not be an option. Ok, so now here's where I make a choice. Is the steady paycheck at the job that is not moving me onward and upward affording me opportunities to pursue other things I really want to do? If your job is locked down tight and doesn't require every last square inch of what you're capable of so can you learn a new skill, try out a new hobby, go back to school, take on a new challenge?
I think the question your asking is bigger than straight pay and upward mobility. Forgive me if I'm headed down my own path to ponder here, but it might be a good time to ask yourself what's most important and then weigh things from there. Best of luck! I'll go think about it too.