I hate my career, but I'm in my 30s and I'm already in debt. What I can do?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Luca Murray



I hate my career, but I'm in my 30s and I'm already in debt. What I can do?

It is never too late to find out what your true passion is! We all have up to 65 to work and now people work into their 70s! That potentially gives you another 30 to 35 years to work! It's a long time to put things in perspective! Do not look at the traditional model that society paints with a brush for citizens to follow in order to be successful! Your timeline and passion are up to you, be brave and stop what you know is slowly killing you and hate your job! That is not living, that is misery! Debt, pay the bare minimum until you find your passion or come back and train or

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It is never too late to find out what your true passion is! We all have up to 65 to work and now people work into their 70s! That potentially gives you another 30 to 35 years to work! It's a long time to put things in perspective! Do not look at the traditional model that society paints with a brush for citizens to follow in order to be successful! Your timeline and passion are up to you, be brave and stop what you know is slowly killing you and hate your job! That is not living, that is misery! Debt, pay the minimum until you find your passion or go back and train or study. You can also transfer to a career that you like! At the end of the day, what's the point of working 40 to 50 years in a company or career you hate? That is a miserable existence! Learn from Warren Buffet, He is already in his 80s and still works in a career that he loves, because it is not a job for him, it is a labor of love! Starting with Charlie Munger and continuing to work in his field, he became a billionaire! It's easy, of course not, but you never know if you never give your best and go for what you want, instead of what you don't want? Hope this helps and Merry Christmas!

It is never too late to start a career that you are passionate about! I am almost 30 years old and have worked in some industries and have learned from all, although some did not fit at all. I wrote a blog post on how to let passion fuel your career and I fully believe that if you do work that attracts and inspires you, success will be inevitable.

My suggestion to you is that you make a list of everything you need / want in your next position. Look at your skill set and identify your top 5 strengths and perhaps the 5 skills you want to develop yourself on. Make a list of goals for yourself to focus on personal development, which

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It is never too late to start a career that you are passionate about! I am almost 30 years old and have worked in some industries and have learned from all, although some did not fit at all. I wrote a blog post on how to let passion fuel your career and I fully believe that if you do work that attracts and inspires you, success will be inevitable.

My suggestion to you is that you make a list of everything you need / want in your next position. Look at your skill set and identify your top 5 strengths and perhaps the 5 skills you want to develop yourself on. Make a list of goals for yourself to focus on personal development, that way when it comes time to change jobs / career, you will be more competitive.

If you're completely changing careers, find out what you need to get into that field. Connect with others and ask questions about how they like it. Don't be afraid to take risks or try something you've never considered before. No company will make you happy, but if you love what you do, you are already very successful.

There is an old saying that has guided my life: "It is never too late to turn around if you go the wrong way."

If you hate your career, you are going in the wrong direction. Having debt is a consideration but not an impediment to changing careers; regardless of your age. Decide what your new career will be, and then begin taking the necessary steps to make the change. This could be saving enough cash to financially close the transition pay gap or taking college courses to maintain the skills and educational requirements of your new career.

Since you're already in debt, don't be afraid to bite the bullet and go deeper into debt. go back to school for something you're really passionate about and take out loans to do it. Then when you get out of school, you will be able to pay off your debt by doing something you really love and hopefully chose because it pays well too.

I was once advised to spend the bank's money if you go broke, you still have yours ... DeDedit is a part of life, it is learning to recognize your ability to make your payments, never use credit for daily life, save it for a house car the things that are too expensive to pay properly and the house is not maximized as many do and have a poor budget without their means and save 10% savings, you will appreciate that later

I heard that people make big career changes in their 40s, but if you have something on your mind, you should do it, maybe it's time. When you do something that makes you feel good, everything comes out. Maybe you start to change little by little, getting some credits in school, etc. Time passes quickly, when you notice that you have changed everything!

I don't have a college degree and I dropped out of school at 15 so I'm here to tell you that that will never stop you unless you choose to follow other people's rules. Ok, now I have my motivational speech out of the way, let's get you some practical things to do.

Rule # 1 You will always earn more money doing your own business than working for someone else.

What are you good at? Look at places like fiverr - you'll find all kinds of skills here that can give you some inspiration for what you can do.

My advice that I am about to give is very similar to another answer I gave recently, you can read it here.

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I don't have a college degree and I dropped out of school at 15 so I'm here to tell you that that will never stop you unless you choose to follow other people's rules. Ok, now I have my motivational speech out of the way, let's get you some practical things to do.

Rule # 1 You will always earn more money doing your own business than working for someone else.

What are you good at? Look at places like fiverr - you'll find all kinds of skills here that can give you some inspiration for what you can do.

My advice that I am about to give is very similar to another answer I gave recently, you can read it here.

Now this is what I would personally recommend. You need to find a service to be able to sell to companies. Why? because they pay and are less fickle than selling to consumers.

All companies must be more active in social networks, most have no idea how to do it or do it very badly. You can learn these skills easily on youtube.

Something that I hear more and more is that companies talk about entering Instagram. Look on youtube about how to market on Instagram. Then practice on your own, it doesn't matter if it is a real business or not, what you are doing is learning how to do this.

Now you need to be able to sell this as a service to businesses.

So I'm going to use an example like a local car dealer.

Look at all the names of local car dealerships and see if they are on Instagram. You are looking for the ones that are missing on Instagram or have very few likes (2 or 3 likes on a post). Then find the local distributor to do it on Instagram (this will make sense in a minute).

So we're going to be a little sneaky here, you're going to find one of his cars and take a picture of it, then with your new knowledge you're going to post that car on YOUR Instagram, with all the correct tags, words, etc. saying "how much you love this car when you saw it today in so-and-so" Then add a reason for people to comment on it. You want to receive some comments and I like it. The key here is to use tags and words to get a ton of comments and likes.

Now you are going to go to the car dealership and talk to the manager (avoid the big dealerships as many have their own equipment). The little ones tend to do it themselves or don't do it at all.

I want to be able to give you something as close to a script as possible.

Hello, my name is (X), are you currently looking for more clients for your dealership?

If they say no, then say "Oh, congratulations, thanks for your time, I'm only going to show up (like this and like that) if it's okay." - This will alert them that you have something to offer.

So what they are more likely to say is, "yes, of course, we want more customers."

You say,

Well, I noticed that a lot of your customers end up going to (the great merchant that looks on Instagram) because they show up on their Instagram feeds, (show them the feeds and I like the competition). You are missing out on customers seeing your (large dealership) newcomers because they are getting them to Instagram quickly. If you could get those people who are looking at the Instagram pages (of the big dealerships) and call them and sell them, so they see yours is something that would interest them.

Now, at this point, one of two things will happen.

  1. If they're being D * cks, then it'll be something like, No, I'm not interested, or well, if I sell a car from Instagram, I'll give you a cut. Your response to this would be: I appreciate that offer, but of course I am not in control of the car being sold that is your salesperson, but I can get thousands of people to see your cars in addition to your road traffic.
  2. They say, well, how much will this cost?

Now for the n. 2, I would suggest a low figure, something like $ 200 per month, but you express it as only $ 50 per week and I will post up to 5 cars per day or whatever it takes to make this work for you.

This is important, this first client will spend more time than others, but it is all for the end of the game.

So now here's the kicker, run this account for about 2 weeks and get results, seriously do your research on YouTube on how to get engagements and Instagram likes and views. Now visit the biggest dealers in the area and specifically mention and demonstrate how well your competitors are doing, but now they are priced at $ 500 to $ 1000 per month.

Keep doing your research, learn all about social media marketing, I mean everything. Every time you learn something new, offer it to your clients in addition to your current service.

You can adapt this format to all types of businesses, contact me on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/iamstevegoodall/ and I can help you adapt this type of scripts.

Now for some money and business advice.

Make customers pay: If you are doing this locally, get Paypal and get your card reader, it's free, then you can swipe the card at the commercial store.

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This is important if you are determined and refuse to quit (nothing happens fast) you can start to make some really good money even on this small scale. Listen, keep living as poor as you can, you want to build a safety net of savings. , Your goal, you need at least 6 months of life saved in a quick access account in a bank. If you really kick butt in this business, then I'd be aiming for 12 months.

I can't emphasize enough, that knowing that even if it all fell apart today you have no money problems for a year, it's a great amount of time to recover.

At this stage of your life, you need to save, I would forget about books right now, you need to focus all your energy on generating income, the world is too full of armchair entrepreneurs, reading one book after another like that will somehow turn them into money.

I'm not saying you don't read books, absolutely not, you MUST read, but you also have more pressing problems right now, and that you can solve quickly.

What will get in your way will be fear at this point, don't worry, we all understand that, I still get scared when buying or starting a business, but what will separate you from 99% of the others is simple, you are going to get out there out and don't give up until you succeed.

You might get rejected 50 times, 100, 200, 300 times, but every time you do, you approach someone who says yes, and each time someone says no, you will think to yourself, okay, I need to change. this wording, and try again.

There are many very successful people here on Quora and they will ALL tell you the same thing: We all fail so many times that we are rejected on the sales pitch. But what separates us is that we know that victory is just around the corner, it is just a numbers game.

Good luck.

Who am I kidding, luck is not a factor in this, you have the ability to do this. Go make it happen. Contact LinkedIn for further assistance or respond here.

I am 35 years old and I left my job 3 years ago with the same ambition.
He had always wanted a stable, well-paying job and a stable life. I finally made it at 29 years old. Honestly, they paid me more than I deserved. It was the best job I ever had. I had been in debt for years and that job helped me a lot to get rid of the never-ending fear of rent the next month. But as I became more comfortable with financial problems (sadly, I was now 30), I began to think more about my ability to accomplish things that would rather gratify my selfish self. I was intelligent. I was hot. I was a

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I am 35 years old and I left my job 3 years ago with the same ambition.
He had always wanted a stable, well-paying job and a stable life. I finally made it at 29 years old. Honestly, they paid me more than I deserved. It was the best job I ever had. I had been in debt for years and that job helped me a lot to get rid of the never-ending fear of rent the next month. But as I became more comfortable with financial problems (sadly, I was now 30), I began to think more about my ability to accomplish things that would rather gratify my selfish self. I was intelligent. I was hot. I was an idealist. It could be a doctor. It could be a judge. It could be whatever I want. Why should I be someone with a regular pay who is content with his humble and supposedly comfortable life? Also why the heck had I spent all my best years just to survive if, militant insignificant people? That was servile, servile, abhorrent. That was a crime against oneself. Life was short and I had already spent half my life living just to pay off debts. I developed a sense of discontent and disdain for demurely careerist little men, myself included.

I had to change. It had to be free. I had to enjoy my life, which of course had to have a purpose. I thought a lot about what to do with my life and decided that I should first go to university to study something that always seemed attractive to me after finishing with all the debts and in the meantime keep thinking about how to earn money. I went back to living with my family to never depend on a job again and soon started college at the age of 31. Then I quit work. My friends were surprised and happy for me, and a little nervous about my enthusiasm for such a quick change. They liked the idea of ​​making a real change, but they weren't so lucky. Things looked promising to me.

A month passed and I was offered a job that I turned down first. If I received that offer 7 years ago, I would be the happiest man in the world. If I had submitted my CV to such a company for a position they were offering me, I am sure that CV would not stay a minute at the HR table. Now they offered me that job. But no! I will never be a slave again. The guy was a sensible man. He did not offer me the world, but insisted that the experience would be unforgettable. Yes, he convinced me and I accepted the offer. The first week was truly unforgettable as promised. On the other hand, I found myself in the middle of a team of men and women who were striving to look like they were above the crowd, but ignoring the simple fact that people like them are part of the crowd. Two months later, I quit. I was angry at myself once again for sinning against the very spirit of my initial search. I did not know what to do. But he knew well what not to do.

The first year was beautiful. I really enjoyed the time. I came across some idiotic ideas for starting a business and played around with them. I also somehow managed to do some business transactions to make money, although not on a regular basis. It helped me improve my confidence. By the way, I got good grades on school exams. Later, I started to get a little desperate. Because he had too much free time and he didn't have a real occupation and he really hadn't accomplished anything. My desire to study slowly faded and I realized that college was a bad idea. I had to do something. The second year started badly. I got tired of school and the foundation of my belief to "follow your passion" kind of shit was slightly undermined. I thought about going back to my old style, but it was terrible. Because it meant "lose." It was the opposite of everything I came to believe after the great awakening. I asked myself questions. Maybe I didn't deserve it. Maybe I wasn't the type of person who was "capable" of it. Maybe I was just stressing myself over nothing. I gathered my senses and tried again with a new perspective. I found a desk job again. However, I couldn't bear it for more than 4 months. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. It was the opposite of everything I came to believe after the great awakening. I asked myself questions. Maybe I didn't deserve it. Maybe I wasn't the type of person who was "capable" of it. Maybe I was just stressing myself over nothing. I gathered my senses and tried again with a new perspective. I found a desk job again. However, I couldn't bear it for more than 4 months. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. It was the opposite of everything I came to believe after the great awakening. I asked myself questions. Maybe I didn't deserve it. Maybe I wasn't the type of person who was "capable" of it. Maybe I was just stressing myself over nothing. I gathered my senses and tried again with a new perspective. I found a desk job again. However, I couldn't bear it for more than 4 months. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Maybe I didn't deserve it. Maybe I wasn't the type of person who was "capable" of it. Maybe I was just stressing myself over nothing. I gathered my senses and tried again with a new perspective. I found a desk job again. However, I couldn't bear it for more than 4 months. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Maybe I didn't deserve it. Maybe I wasn't the type of person who was "capable" of it. Maybe I was just stressing myself over nothing. I gathered my senses and tried again with a new perspective. I found a desk job again. However, I couldn't bear it for more than 4 months. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. I gathered my senses and tried again with a new perspective. I found a desk job again. However, I couldn't bear it for more than 4 months. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. I gathered my senses and tried again with a new perspective. I found a desk job again. However, I couldn't bear it for more than 4 months. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again. I quit again. Because I myself had poisoned my mind with the idea of ​​freedom. I knew how it tasted. It tasted very good. I quit again.

But now there was a real problem. 2 years had passed. He contemplated school. He hadn't made any serious progress. It had no direction. Worst of all, people seemed to have lost faith in my rapidly burning propensity to "make a change." Still no improvement. He had done nothing but kill time with little freelance jobs and that wasn't enough to show off.

The third year was not so bad. He knew what he was going to do. I decided to turn my freelance job into an established one and fight for it no matter what. It was not the result, but the tenacity that kept my spirits up and now starting the fourth year I think I have made some progress. Money-wise, I make about the same as those shitty jobs. Now I work at home. I enjoy the work that I do. I am planning to grow my business to such a degree that in a few years I will have better amenities to consistently enjoy. I can organize my schedule according to my delight. I go to school when I feel like going. I only take classes from teachers that I like. (For example, there is one I hate so much that I hope she will retire or leave work due to natural causes so I can take that class one day.)

So far I only mentioned what happened to me. What is more important is how I felt. Miserable? Lost? Desperate? Indigent? A big yes to all of them, sometimes. But also eager, optimistic, ambitious, lyrical. I also hope to feel victorious one day. And the most important thing is that I created a completely new man. I've known this boy since he was born. I gave birth to him. I am both father and mother to him. I fed him, protected him, taught him, and loved him. You are now learning to walk :)

Now in response to your question directly:

Q: Why do I feel lost instead of happier?

A: Because you haven't acclimatized to the conditions yet.

Well, it seems like most of the responses so far are from people trying to sell you something. Imagine ... THAT sounds like a wonderful way to get out of debt; Just pay all your hard-earned money on some get-rich-quick scheme and make someone else rich as you go further down the hole.

My first tip is this: realize that you are not alone. The vast majority of the people around you are in the same boat. If you live on a typical American street, 7 out of 10 households are in debt to the core and live from one salary to another. Most of them also hate their jobs. You are not alone.

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Well, it seems like most of the responses so far are from people trying to sell you something. Imagine ... THAT sounds like a wonderful way to get out of debt; Just pay all your hard-earned money on some get-rich-quick scheme and make someone else rich as you go further down the hole.

My first tip is this: realize that you are not alone. The vast majority of the people around you are in the same boat. If you live on a typical American street, 7 out of 10 households are in debt to the core and live from one salary to another. Most of them also hate their jobs. You are not alone.

At this point, I'm less concerned with how well he likes his job and more concerned with the mountain of debt he's buried under.

So what is the difference between you and your neighbors? Are you willing to do something about it? Seriously. Are you really serious about making changes and solving your financial problems?

Are you willing to radically change your way of life to fix the financial mess you've gotten yourself into? You have to want to make a change before someone's advice is of any use to you.

If you really want to tackle your debt problem, the first thing to do is stop getting into more debt. A better paying job is not going to make that problem go away. It is a behavior problem. Having a job that makes you happy won't magically make you smarter with your money. It will not. You have to change your behavior.

Do you have credit cards? Cut them out. Tonight. Make a vow to yourself that you will never buy something again that you cannot pay for with cash on the spot. Always. Always. NEVER .. For the rest of your life.

Second, eliminate each and every nonessential expense. Until you are out of debt, you will not have money to eat out, or drink that daily latte, or buy shoes, boots, watches, etc. $ 100. All those things are luxuries. You cannot afford luxuries, you are broke.

You need to get an app like Every Dollar (Budgeting Made Easy) or Mint and make a written monthly budget and stick to it. If it helps, take the cash out of the bank and put it in envelopes. Make this budget every month and find out where every dollar you earn goes. Give every dollar you earn to do a job. I guarantee you'll find things in your budget that you can cut back (do you really need that premium cable package when you're so in debt? Or cable TV?). Cut deep. Get rid of absolutely anything you can do without. Some people instead are looking to sell the expensive new car (which is a terrible investment, by the way) or even the house. Get a $ 2000 car beater that you paid for in cash. Live in an apartment or rent if that's what you need to do. Have a garage sale once a month. I'm not saying you have to sell your car or house, but your lifestyle is obviously beyond your means, otherwise you wouldn't be so in debt. My point is to just look at anything and everything you can cut back to get out of debt ASAP. Be creative and don't leave anything un scrutinized. After all, they are just things. You can buy more things after you are debt free. they are just things. You can buy more things after you are debt free. they are just things. You can buy more things after you are debt free.

Research shows that your best chance of getting out of debt and not getting into debt is to do it all at once and as quickly as possible. Tear off the band-aid. Embrace a scorched earth lifestyle and put every penny you can to pay off your debtors as quickly as possible and make a vow to yourself never to go into debt again. Always.

Once you have an idea of ​​what your budget looks like, you'll want to prioritize where those dollars go.

First are the needs. Food, shelter, transportation and public services. Make sure you can afford to feed yourself and your family. Make sure you are not evicted, the lights / heat are not turned off, or the car is not repossessed. Catch up on all your needs first if you're not.

Below, I wholeheartedly recommend that you follow Dave Ramey's 7 Little Steps to Debt Free (The 7 Little Steps). A quick breakdown is as follows:

  1. Reserve a $ 1,000 emergency fund for emergencies.
  2. Pay off all debts except the house. List all your debts, lowest to highest, and pay the minimum on everything except the smallest debt. Throw every last penny you can earn on that smallest debt and get out as fast as you can. Once it's gone, transfer all that money to the next smallest one, then the next one, etc. Snowball your payments as you free up money on the smallest of debts. Don't forget to celebrate as you pay off each debt. Believe me, when your life feels like you are bound in chains by all your debts, it feels good to break one of those chains. Take pride in your hard work. Celebrate those victories on the go! Cheap lol
  3. Fully fund your emergency fund with household expenses for 3 to 6 months. The idea is to make sure, no matter what life throws at you, that you will never go into debt again.
  4. Invest at least 15% of your household income in retirement savings. Plan for the future and prepare for long-term success.
  5. Start setting aside college savings for your children (or future children) so they have a head start in life and make sure they don't struggle with debt the way you did.
  6. Pay the house early.
  7. Build wealth. Once you have zero debt and no house payments, you can fully utilize your number one wealth-building tool - your income. You will be free to live and give the way you want! You will be surprised how quickly you accumulate money right now.

It's that easy. You can do that. It's no fun when you're broke and living like a miser to pay off that debt. In fact, it sucks. But I'd rather live like a stingy for a couple of years and then spend the rest of my years enjoying my life than live paycheck to pay swimming in debt and retire with nothing to show for all my years of hard work. Wouldn't you?

Finally, let's see your work. I understand that you don't like your job. I know how you feel. No one is stopping you from going out and finding a better job. Go do that. Find something you enjoy in a field that you like. Absolutely, go ahead. I wish you luck and hope you land a great job!

However, don't be fooled that your work will improve your life or give it meaning. A life full of joy and meaning comes from within you, not from an external influence. Nobody likes their job. Everyone's boss is an idiot. Everyone thinks they should be paid more for what they do. All of us. There is an old saying: no matter where you go, there you are. Bring your personal luggage to your new job.

The first thing you would do in your work situation is to examine my own attitude and thoughts. Your job is a privilege and it doesn't exist to make you happy. It exists to provide value to the market. Are you doing everything in your power to provide the best value to the market that you are capable of? If not, why not start there?

Try that first. Give it a real effort for a month. Give your work everything you have and make a conscious effort every day while going to work to be grateful that you have a steady income. Be on time and ready to work. Put a bit of a hurry in your steps and have a sense of urgency and a * positive attitude * about what you do. Take pride in doing your job well. See if that doesn't change the way your boss and coworkers relate to you. See if that doesn't change how you feel about your job and yourself. At the very least, it will put you in a better position to negotiate while looking for a better job. Who knows? You may find that you really like your current job and that your attitude was the problem from the beginning.

You can do it! You can change your situation. Your courage and willpower are stronger than your external circumstances. You CAN get out of debt and stay out of it. You may have a sense of purpose and accomplishment in your current job. You can live the life you always wanted. Getting there is going to take a lot of work and sacrifice, but you can do it and it will be so much sweeter for it. Most importantly, you don't have to do it alone. If you are married / have children, bring your whole family on board. If you are single, get your friends and family excited for you and cheer you on and hold you accountable for your goals.

I highly recommend that you visit Dave Ramsey's (Dave Ramsey) website and YouTube channel for more tips on debt management and stimulus. You don't have to pay a penny for any of their books or courses, just soak up their knowledge and take heart by listening to the people who have been where you are telling their stories of how they have gotten over their debt. and won financially.

I am supporting you!

Keep your head up, buddy ;-)

I was also one of the 'over-educated' and 'underemployed' millennials. It took me 3-4 years to really realize what I wanted to do with my life. I will try to break it down into 3 steps for you ...

Step 1: TRY EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING

This was my first stage to discover that I loved web design and development.

How are you supposed to find your 'passion' or whatever you want to do while stuck?

You can not. It is impossible.

But as impossible as it may seem ...

I'll tell you the good news ...

Feeling depressed / Searching for jobs on Google / posting questions on Quora is the first step ...

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Keep your head up, buddy ;-)

I was also one of the 'over-educated' and 'underemployed' millennials. It took me 3-4 years to really realize what I wanted to do with my life. I will try to break it down into 3 steps for you ...

Step 1: TRY EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING

This was my first stage to discover that I loved web design and development.

How are you supposed to find your 'passion' or whatever you want to do while stuck?

You can not. It is impossible.

But as impossible as it may seem ...

I'll tell you the good news ...

Feeling depressed / Searching for jobs on Google / posting questions on Quora is the first step ...

It is recognizing that you have overcome what you are doing now and are beginning your search for something better.

But that's just the first step of the first step ;-)

Now you have to go further ...

You have to start testing things. Think you'd like to learn construction ... get an entry-level position in construction. Do you want to learn SEO? Take a free course.

You will know very quickly if you really like something or not.

As Steve Jobs said in his Stanford commencement speech ...

“If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you will know when you find it. "

Step 2: FREE YOURSELF FROM THE BULL * T

Once you've found that one thing you really want to try and make a career out of eventually getting rid of everything else that's distracting ...

-Stop watching television.

-Immediately buy the 3 most read books on the subject.

-No more outings on weekends.

Get away from everything in the world that is telling you to do things in a certain way. Most people, places, and things in life are on the right track.

They have tunnel vision.

If you can't get away from this tunnel vision, you will never be able to jump onto a new track.

If you've found something that you really enjoy doing, it won't feel like a job, and you'll still enjoy learning and doing it every day.

That's when you'll know it's okay.

Step 3: GET EXPERIENCE

So you can bounce a little ...

That is totally normal.

I tried a few different industries after graduating with my very special $ 100,000 degree in 'Business Administration'.

It's going to take some time and it's going to be difficult.

Financially difficult.

Socially tough.

But if you have found that job, industry, since you love, I promise you it will be worth it. Look for mentors in the space. Join Meetups and community groups. Create a support group of people who share the same passion for your job as you.

Then everything will change.

Your finances.

Your social network.

Your morals and outlook on life.

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After following these 3 steps, you will remember this moment when you weren't sure ...

There will be some things you will regret ...

But chances are, you see a vision of that old you and tell yourself ...

Wow.

What a great decision ;-)

I haven't seen anyone broach the topic of making money if you go ahead with your current career and try something else. However, I can relate to how you feel, being stuck in a job or a type of job that you don't like ... and I also work in tech as a designer. So I'm just going to mention a little bit about work and how you could make a change.

I started working in the tech / web space in the early 2000s and have worked in various agencies and startups ... but only for about 25% of my career. The rest have been freelancers as a freelance designer. I was in and out of a full-time job to

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I haven't seen anyone broach the topic of making money if you go ahead with your current career and try something else. However, I can relate to how you feel, being stuck in a job or a type of job that you don't like ... and I also work in tech as a designer. So I'm just going to mention a little bit about work and how you could make a change.

I started working in the tech / web space in the early 2000s and have worked in various agencies and startups ... but only for about 25% of my career. The rest have been freelancers as a freelance designer. I was in and out of a full-time job for a while, trying to figure out why I didn't like full-time jobs. My conclusion was that I really do not like to work in organizations of high hierarchy, that establish the rules ... that make me lose autonomy. It's rare that I come across remote work, with a lot of flexibility and led by a small collaborative team ... in fact, it has only happened once for me.

So my conclusion is that instead of jumping from job to job, I'm just going to do my design work with my own clients. In this way I avoid the problem of autonomy, but I can still continue in my field of work and on my terms. To this day, I earn as much as when I was employed, and I work less ... don't let anyone tell you that being self-employed means that you are hungry or that it is a feast or a famine. It is possible to have less stress, earn more money, and have more freedom as a senior freelancer. My suggestion… try to make a transition to the freelance world. That way, it is not difficult to achieve, and you can at least work a little freedom in your life and make use of your current skills. And then, with that added freedom,

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