It makes sense
WHAT if you still want to pursue an HR career? Negotiate to stay on as EA but tell them it will be up to a certain point, say, for one or two more years.
Meantime, have a transition plan where you can end up as a true-blue HR. Help your company with some HR-related work at no extra pay. That way, you will have some HR experience under your belt. But clear it up with your superiors if it’s ok with them.
Build even more HR experience on the side, during weekends or so. You may want to tie up with someone who is giving training and development seminars. Can you be more active in PMAP or a similar organization, even if it’s volunteer work? The strategy is to prove your competencies and establish networks.
At this point, review your assumptions. Is it really true that HR jobs are limited and low-paying? That may just be your perception. Ask around, whether PMAP, headhunters, your classmates, college placement services, etc. If the pay cut is reasonable or minimal, then you don’t have to feel trapped with your current employer. There are no limited opportunities. Only limited thinking.
Also, review your finances. Are you paying for a sibling’s tuition? A relative’s medical bills? Chipping in the family expenses? The transition plan should be that by its end, the home will no longer need your higher income and thus free you to pursue your HR dreams at lower pay. Paramount is that you don’t resign while you are in emotional distress. Conventional wisdom is to look for a job while you still have a job. That would alleviate the financial strain or sense of uselessness that comes with being jobless.
My suspicion is that you need to boost your self-confidence. You seem to hesitate approaching ‘big and established’ companies and even fear that you won’t get hired by small ones. You graduated with honors from a prestigious school, for crying out loud! That’s a sizeable achievement!
Reading your email, I find your English excellent. That’s another plus!
While in your current job, make copies of your bosses’ commendations that you are a top performer, even if you are not HR-related. That way, you can tell your potential next boss “I was rated excellent as an EA and here are the evidence. I will be just as excellent in HR.” Keep your work professional and excellent so you can have a graceful exit and keep your bosses as character references. Don’t burn bridges. Should you decide to leave, be classified as regrettable loss.
Last, let your frustrations draw you near to God. I have personally found that trusting God who knows and cares what is happening to us helps us persevere through the low points of our lives. In particular, connect your career with a sense of divine appointment: there must be a reason why God put you there. Then be the best EA you can be, as if you are working for God Himself (which in a sense, is true). Trust that He will make things right towards the end. Remember, the final chapter of your career is not yet written.