Did you know that over 70% of adults feel dissatisfied with their career choices? That’s a startling statistic, especially considering the fact that the average person spends at least a third of their day at work.
And while it’s completely normal to have an off day every now and then, being consistently unhappy at work can often bleed into other areas of your life. Understandably so – because you spend so much time at the office, it would only make sense that you would begin to feel frustrated at home as well.
If you’re thinking it might be time for a career change, but aren’t sure it’s time to take the plunge, we’re here to help! In this article, we outline 9 of the most glaring signs that it’s time to make a change. Keep reading to learn more!
Table of Contents
- 1. Mondays Make You Anxious
- 2. There’s No Room for Growth
- 3. Your Productivity is Decreasing
- 4. You Have No Passion for Your Job
- 5. You Find Yourself Dreaming of a Career Change
- 6. Vacations Aren’t Enjoyable
- 7. Your Friends’ Jobs Make You Jealous
- 8. Your Energy and Drive are Decreasing
- 9. You Would Quit Tomorrow If You Could
- Sound Like You? It’s Time to Take the Leap!
1. Mondays Make You Anxious
Do you start to feel anxiety or dread creeping in on Sunday, or even Saturday, afternoon? If so, you need to rethink your career choice.
This anxiety can range from mild discomfort all the way to muscle tension and migraines. Regardless of the severity, if you hate Mondays because it means you have to go back to work, you’re probably in the wrong career.
2. There’s No Room for Growth
Even if you’re content with your job right now, think about your future with that particular company. Is there room for growth? Can you imagine yourself climbing the ranks, is that even possible?
If the answer to any of those is no, you need to think long and hard about staying at your current job. Your position might be fine now, but if you can never improve your position, benefits, or salary to where you’d like them to be, you should look for a career that offers those things.
3. Your Productivity is Decreasing
Not only is sitting at a desk being unproductive for eight hours a day unfair to you, but it’s also unfair to your employer. Because while you can’t expect yourself to be at the top of your game every single day, you should be excited to do your best work almost every day.
4. You Have No Passion for Your Job
Continuing with the last point, if you spend your entire day in a haze of boredom or disinterest, it’s time to break out!
Your job may offer great pay or benefits, but if your heart isn’t in it, it’s not for you. It’s true that money can’t buy happiness, after all. Money is an important part of a successful life, but you shouldn’t be sacrificing your well-being for an end-of-year bonus.
5. You Find Yourself Dreaming of a Career Change
Maybe you don’t hate your current job. You tell yourself it’s fine, your friends and family say it’s work, it’s not supposed to be fun. This is wrong!
If there is something that you want in life, in this case, a specific career, you should be going after it! Never settle for just okay. Listen to your gut and go with your instincts, they will seldom lead you astray.
There are many resources you can take advantage of in order to make the transition easier, such as free continuing education for nurses or assistance with higher education offered by certain companies.
6. Vacations Aren’t Enjoyable
Assuming you take vacations (and you should! but almost half of Americans don’t), you should be spending the entire time enjoying yourself.
If you can’t take full advantage of your time away from work because you’re already dreading going back the moment you leave, you need a career change.
7. Your Friends’ Jobs Make You Jealous
Do you get jealous when listening to your friends discuss their careers or the happiness they feel in their day to day lives? This doesn’t make you a bad friend, but it is a sign that you’re unhappy with your own job.
Think about what it is that makes you jealous when your friends talk about their jobs. Is it the actual work? The environment or community that comes with their career?
Learning exactly what you want will be a great help when it’s time to pick a new job.
8. Your Energy and Drive are Decreasing
As mentioned previously, an unhappy work life often causes dissatisfaction in other facets of your life as well. Being miserable for eight hours or more a day can put a huge damper on your energy levels and drive to enjoy your life when you’re not at work.
Sure, there may be one or two areas of your job that you don’t love, but if it’s the job as a whole, you need a new one.
9. You Would Quit Tomorrow If You Could
Last but not least, ask yourself this question and answer honestly: if you could leave your job tomorrow without consequence, would you?
Making as big of a shift in your life as a career change is scary. But if you find yourself thinking you would leave if you could, remind yourself that you can. It’s never too late to change your life.
Sound Like You? It’s Time to Take the Leap!
If any (or all) of these ring true for you, it’s time to seriously consider a career change. Every job comes with its share of bad days, but the right career for you should make you feel fulfilled more often than not.
Life is far too short to spend a third of it unhappy when making a shift that could change your entire is within reach! Sit down and make a list of things you’d like to experience at your job and take the steps necessary to make it happen!
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