It’s tough if you like your current workplace but not the actual work itself. You don’t necessarily have to leave your workplace though to change careers. You are not stuck.
If you are doing well in your job and caught up with your responsibilities, you can ask to take on a few tasks in another area.
For instance, if you are working in accounting, you may find that you envy what some of the HR employees are working on. See if you can help. Maybe it’s putting together packets for open enrollment time or asking to be in a committee that reviews the 401(k) plan.
You can get a feel for that work and see if it really lights you up. Just getting a taste of the work is better than jumping to something you don’t really like and regretting it. When you show that interest and show up to help, you may be able to take on more of an HR role in the future and they will think of you when they are hiring because they know how you work and your interest. You already know the company culture and they already like you. You never know, you may even be able to use tuition assistance at work to pay for some necessary training for that new role.
Don’t forget that you are in control of your career.