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Get a Life, Not a Job

Q. Ok, I got a job and I've been working here ten years. I don't feel I'm going to be fired, but I'm sure not excited about coming in to the office every day. How do I find out what I'd really like to be doing and start working toward that? Eventually the economy's got to improve and I can get going again.

Ans. It's good to hear that optimism about the economy and you're right. Things have to improve. To be ready when they do, consider the views of Paula Caligiuri, author of "Get a Life, Not a Job: Do What You Love and Let Your Talents Work for You" (FT Press $19.99). She advises you think of your career as an investment portfolio with different professional strands, leading to a secure whole with steady returns. She also says to re-evaluate your relationship with time, and focus on what you like and let go to the time-wasters and unpleasant, unnecessary tasks. Most important, invest in yourself, keep striving to improve your skills and abilities. And, since you already are shedding negative career thoughts by looking n the bright side, Caligiuri also says to remain true to your values.

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