Dear Bored and Stuck,
Your situation is the worst. Seriously the worst. And the longer that you let it keep going, the harder it is to get out of it. It’s like a vicious cycle that zaps your energy, makes you think you are on a one way path to “career suicide" and some days makes you want to drink lots of wine and binge watch Game of Thrones. (Not that I know from experience or anything)
You say you want career satisfaction (challenge and variety!) and work-life balance. You say that your kids are a priority. That’s awesome! You know what you want! Now, to make all of those things actually happen...like yesterday. Ok, how about next week?
The main thing that you keep bringing up is your value. “I know I would probably be starting at the bottom no matter where I choose to work, so I anticipate a pay cut,” and “monotonous secretarial BS” and “dead-end job." You have hit the nail on the head: Your judgment is off right now. It’s totally normal that you would feel like this when you have been bored out of your mind for so long.
When you believe that your work isn’t valuable then no one else will believe that you or your work is valuable. This will come through in your resume, your interviews, and honestly, how much you will get paid. Tough to hear but it is true. So what can you do about it?
Head on over to Going Concern to read more.
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