Meena, I am sure that there must be many readers of the Women24 Careers website who feel the same sense of frustration and dissatisfaction that you are experiencing – and are also not certain of what steps to follow in order to resolve the situation.
I would have liked some detail on your qualifications, your previous work experience and your current position. But, having said that, your question does indicate that you have given some thought to your future career – and that is an important first step.
It is clear from your question that you are a highly motivated person with commitment and dedication as core values – and also the ability to work towards a specific goal. I am wondering whether, given your field of expertise and the fact that you are not experiencing the work satisfaction that you (and everyone) so clearly desire, you should consider some form of formalised and professional career guidance. You should approach the student counselling department at the university closest to you (or where you are considering further studies) or a registered career counsellor. They have a service where they do career guidance testing and counselling and will be able to give you pointers as to your next steps and the particular areas which will best suit you (if it is not what you are considering), in addition to the fields of (possible) further study that you will/may need to embark upon. Once this has been established, you can then make the necessary future plans.
The next step (although all of the steps can be taken together) would then be to draw up a wish list with your long-term goals and objectives … together with some action steps. These could be something as easy to contact the university to enquire about further studies and obtaining the necessary registration documentation. You could have a meeting with your manager or the HR department of your employer – possibly there might be some opportunities for you to either move into another area within the organisation or to take on some additional responsibilities that will add that “spark” to your work that is lacking at this time.
A last point that I would like to highlight – it is always good to discuss these issues with a family member or close friend or colleague – they will almost be playing a mentoring role for you – and they may well be in a position to provide some helpful advice as well.
This has been a very broad sweep through your question – please do submit another question to the website if I can provide any further information or assistance.
Good luck – I have no doubt that you will soon be starting your studies and finding yourself in a position which will meet your expectations and allow you to give of your very best to the organisation!