Well then, what happened? Life happens sometimes and it becomes necessary to accept a position due to the ordinary pressures of busy lives.
The car was on the fritz for the last time and you needed to replace it.
We needed a bigger house to accommodate our growing family.
My daughter wanted to join a ballet class with her friends.
Whatever the reasons might be, you took a job that enabled you to meet your living expenses, and now 5 , 10 or 20 years later, are wondering where the time went and you might be feeling just a little stuck.
If this sounds like you, don't despair.
Remember, life sometimes does begin at 40.
First, determine what your interests are or if you have any unique skills.
This can be a challenging exercise, but discussing it with family or close friends can yield answers.
Next, do a financial assessment of what your salary needs are to meet your household budget.
Finally, the master key to finding a better job is to begin researching top companies that offer careers aligned with your interests.
Every year, Fortune Magazine publishes a list of the top 100 companies to work for.
Chances are, that company you are working for is not on the list.
Other surveys abound such as the Human Rights Campaign list of best companies for LGBT employees, Working Mother Magazine's list of top companies, and Black Enterprise Magazine's list of best companies for diversity.
A simple search of the internet will start you on your journey of finding the right company to target.
Remember, companies are like shoes.
You might have to try on quite a few before you find a comfortable fit.