We live in a world where the expectation is that we’ll know what we want to do at 18, select an appropriate major, graduate from college and be headed toward a career. If we go to law school or get a master’s degree, we are done before we turn 30. It’s no wonder that as people mature in their 30s and 40s, those early choices are not always on the money.

If you are unhappy in your work, it does not have to stay that way. There are steps you can take to figure out whether a complete makeover is necessary or just a shave and a haircut. Alternatives to a total reboot include: a different focus within your own field, moving to a better company and developing other areas of your life so that work is not occupying seven slices of an eight-piece pie.

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