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New Year, New Career

Q. I'm grateful that I have a job, but I'm bored doing it. I drag my feet every day that I have to come here. I wish I could do something more creative, but I don't know what that is. Also, I don't know where to get another job in this economy. I'm young and living in my parents' home, but I need the paycheck and health care. How and when do I make a change to make my life better?

Ans. Thousands of young, bright people are feeling as you do, and you probably commiserate with them when you're at the office. On the bright side, you DO have a job and a home. On the downside, you should be able to wake up in the morning and want to run to your office. The ideal situation is to wait at a red light hoping it'll turn green faster while you're going there. But being young you will have an opportunity to change your career later when the economy does turn around-and it will happen during your work life. Ken Robinson, author of "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything," (Penguin $15) says this is the perfect time to rethink your "creativity" since everyone has some.  Consider what gives you pleasure now, and has in the past. Concentrate on those things and work out plans to use those activities. Then strategize a plan to begin developing that plan for use when companies begin hiring. Now is the time to plan for tomorrow, even if we don't know exactly what it holds. Find the dream, and be proactive about achieving it. Remember: Good luck happens to good and active players.

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