5 common mistakes when you don’t know where your life is going

When you’re under 30 years old, it feels like your life is just a piece of space-trash floating around and not really having much direction. Sure, you might be getting promoted and heading in the right direction but people are only in that position intermittently. Today we’re discussing those periods of life where you have no idea what you’re doing and the mistakes you make. 

The Muse has created a ‘how-to’ guide for all of those that feel lost right now. You don’t have to be unemployed to be lost. Some people are in incredibly successful position but still feel like they’re following the wrong path.

These are the common mistakes people make when they feel like their life has no direction or purpose.

1. Taking an interim job for the sake of it

The natural reaction to leaving a job you don’t like is to get a job you still won’t like but is totally noncommittal. The problem is that while you’re making this money, you’ll be sapping any enthusiasm you should be using to find your dream job. “By keeping you firmly in your comfort zone, it won’t push you to explore options”.

2. Climbing up the wrong ladder

It’s better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb than in the middle of one you don’t even like. Being promoted is always flattering and confidence-boosting however, if you’re truly unhappy, you’re going to quit eventually. Why commit to extra responsibility when you’re going to be moving soon.

3. Bailing out

While you should leave if you’re unhappy, sometimes bailing out dramatically doesn’t always work out. Weigh up the pros and cons and make bailing a rational decision, not just an emotional one.

4. Going to do a Masters

This is the classic Plan B for a lot of UK graduates and sometimes it is a good idea. I emphasise sometimes. All you’re doing is accumulating debt and unless you have a strong career plan, it’s probably a waste of time.

5. Staying put

“Although it may seem like a comfortable solution to your career quandary, staying in one place ad infinitum can hurt you when you finally are ready to move on, so don’t put it off because you’re confused.”