By Guest Author Gloria Martinez
Are you sick of your current job? Do you want 2017 to be the year that you finally start doing something you love? Or are you torn - unsure whether to stay in your current industry, but unable to drop everything and leave?
Whatever your situation, these warning signs will help you decide whether or not a career change is in your future.
1. Your Job Isn’t Fulfilling
Human nature dictates that we should feel fulfilled by our careers. Maybe, at first, your career was exciting, new, and different. But now you just want to go home, even if you’ve only been at the office for twenty-five minutes. You don’t feel that sense of excitement anymore. You aren’t interested in telling anyone about your day. When you look in the mirror, you wonder if you’re making the right choice with your life. These are all reasons to walk away.
Not sure how to find fulfillment? Here are seven essentials for a fulfilling career, as told by Forbes.
2. You’re Unhappy
Not only do you feel unfulfilled by the work you do - but you don’t feel happy either. Being at work makes you miserable and fills you with self doubt. You start to question everything, including your choice of a stable career. Your unhappiness begins to drift out of the office and into your personal life. This is a serious sign that you need to change careers altogether.
3. You Don’t Care
Maybe you feel that you ought to be fulfilled and happy with your career, but you just don’t care about anything anymore. Meeting deadlines and submitting quality work is no longer a priority. Apathy is a significant warning sign of underlying symptoms. If your work feels repetitive, boring, and pointless, you aren’t finding a purpose in your career. This is absolutely a strong enough reason to leave. More often than not, allowing apathy to continue will only encourage your superiors to let you go themselves.
4. You Feel Jealous
When your friends talk about their careers, you feel jealous and angry - but you can’t explain why. This usually comes back to our problem with fulfillment. Your friends are genuinely happy and interested in their jobs. You, however, would rather go on vacation and never come back. You aren’t lazy. You just need a change of pace. Learn more about handling apathy, jealousy, and exhaustion from The Muse.
5. You’re Constantly Exhausted
When we dislike our jobs, we often feel exhausted for no apparent reason. This is because completing work that we inherently dislike takes more energy than completing work that we enjoy. This is especially true if you spend half of your work day thinking about being anywhere else. A constant state of exhaustion is a sign that you need to make a change in your lifestyle - particularly in the employment department.
6. The Money Isn’t Enough
When you first started working, your paycheck seemed completely worth the effort put into it. Now, you’d rather lose a paycheck than go to work. It’s become a required routine - not something interesting that pays the bills. When you’ve reached this point, there is no going back. You will likely never enjoy your career the same way (unless you receive a significant promotion).
Still not sure what to do? This checklist from Monster can help you make an informed decision based on your personal red flags.
Deciding to change careers isn’t easy. However, if you are experiencing one or more of these warning signs, you should give the idea serious thought. It might be a long and difficult process, but you will be far happier in the end.
Gloria runs WomenLed.org, which aims to honor the achievements of women in the workplace and aspires to help increase the number of women-led corporations, organizations, and small businesses by educating others about “women led” achievements.
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