Trying to manage current work responsibilities while retaining the optimism needed to identify one's ambitions can feel overwhelming. The realization that a person will need to have an action plan and then find a way to follow through with this set plan often adds to feelings of discouragement and fear.
The first hurdle is to identify your specific priority. Your priority will determine where you apply and how you structure your search. Staying put in your current position while gathering information is a legitimate start to making a change. Your focus depends on what is most important to you. For example, if your priority is getting experience, or a title, then you may sacrifice low compensation and long work hours.