If the post-festive period has left you feeling flatter than a pallet of pancakes squashed underneath a steamroller, dissatisfaction with your career could be the root of the problem.
But switching to an entirely new vocation is a daunting prospect if youâ€™ve occupied the same role for many years â€” and moving brings more uncertainty when youâ€™re financially responsible for family.
However, sometimes fortune favours the brave, so if youâ€™re going to put on your big boy (or girl) pants and be proactive, youâ€™ll need a job thatâ€™s significantly different from your current position to really feel the benefits of career migration.
With that in mind, here are five alternative UK careers for 2019.
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If youâ€™re thrilled by rescuing the US President from an assassin by using Ninjutsu skills in the morning, then saving a childâ€™s life by jumping from a moving train after your lunchtime instant noodles, becoming a stuntperson is right up your street.
Breaking into the industry isnâ€™t easy â€” but a course from stunt experts BLAST Academy followed by registration on the British Equity Stunt Registry will stand you in good stead.
2. Circus performer
If youâ€™re a lion or an elephant, your prospects of a circus career arenâ€™t as promising as they once were â€” most modern circuses are animal-free, so the consensus is you should stick to the savannah.
But if youâ€™re a human with well-developed clowning or trapeze skills and want to convert your hobbies to a professional vocation, a circus career might be beckoning.
A degree in circus arts from the National Centre for Circus Arts is a firm foundation for a lasting career in the big top â€” check their website for details.
3. Private investigator
Anyone with keen observational skills, sharp intelligence and a sense of discretion has several of the skills necessary for a career in private investigation.
And in the UK, the duties of private investigators range from uncovering commercial fraud to finding missing persons â€” so itâ€™s a varied and exciting career.
A background in law enforcement is an advantage, but studying for an IQ Level 3 award with a detective training school like API can be enough to secure a foothold in the industry.
Anyone with expertise on makeup and beauty, keep-fit and diets or travel and tourism can earn a tasty crust by becoming a YouTube vlogger.
Youâ€™ll need great communication, an engaging personality, basic filming and editing knowledge and a subject thatâ€™s relatable for a specific audience.
If you find the magic formula, lucrative brand sponsorship deals might mean you can give up your day job for good.
5. Digital marketer
Digital marketingâ€™s a broad church and a thriving industry where roles can range from search marketing experts and website developers to content writers and graphic designers.
And there are a couple of different options â€” working for a digital agency like Attercopia would entail applying your skills and expertise to a wide client base, whereas being employed in-house means youâ€™d dedicate your time to developing a single brandâ€™s digital presence.
Thatâ€™s our list! Share your own alternative career ideas in the comments section.