Have you heard the news? Gas prices are rising, the housing industry is in crisis, health insurance premiums are soaring, visitors from abroad come to the U.S. to do their holiday shopping as the dollar declines in value. And the cost of food continues to skyrocket! (Milk, eggs, and cereal are almost beyond the reach of the average household.)
So, how does this all impact you? Just stop and reflect: When was the last time you got a cost-of-living raise? Is your salary keeping pace with your everyday expenses? Surprisingly, the so-called employment index appears steady - people aren't losing their jobs - yet. But are workers thriving or barely surviving?
If you find yourself barely surviving instead of thriving, what will it take for you to make a career change in 2008? Don't stay stuck in "business as usual" just because it's familiar. If you're not getting anywhere, take a chance - even it means an unknown change. Familiarity may feel comfortable, but it's not always better.