Our careers are a big part of our lives, and as such, a reflection of where we are in life. As we go through life, our aspirations, interests, and needs change, and that influences our work. If you’ve started thinking that your work does not fulfill you, maybe it’s time to consider a change of direction.
Making the decision is not easy, as it involves a heavy process of self-exploration and trial and error. However, as hard as this can be, it’s worth it in the end if it leads you to the opportunities that you want to attract. If you’re unsure, here are some things that will indicate you it’s time to move on:
You Don’t Enjoy Your Work
Yes, everybody goes through “I-don’t-like-my-job” days. Sometimes things just get hard. But if you dislike everything, all the time, then that’s a sign clear as day. What you need to do is try to pinpoint what it is that you don’t like. That way you’ll know what you want from your next career path.
Do you feel like your tasks don’t align with your skills? Do you struggle to see value in your work? Does your job go against what you believe to be right? These are questions you must ask yourself. Consider whether what bothers you is related to the work environment, the industry, or your specific position.
Then, after asking yourself all those hard questions about the work you have, ask yourself what you would like to change, and how. Would you prefer to work from home? Have more contact with people? Dedicate your energy to a subject you’re personally engaged with?
You Don’t Feel Okay
The state of your body and mental health can tell a lot about how you’re feeling. If your job drains you, and you feel uncharacteristically tired after work, something is wrong. Of course, you’re going to be physically tired at the end of the day, but if this goes beyond what’s normal for your age and type of work, you’re probably in the wrong career.
It has been proven that emotions have a measurable effect on energy levels, so maybe the reason you’re chronically tired has something to do with your career path. And if that’s the case, you should consider pursuing something else instead.
You Don’t Feel Challenged
For most people, feeling that they’ve reached the highest rung in the ladder, or they have learned all they can, is frustrating and demotivating. Challenges are a part of what makes a job interesting, and monotony is a turn-off for a lot of people. High achievers and goal-oriented people will struggle with jobs where the room for growth is limited.
It’s also a bad idea to stay indefinitely in a job where you are always doing the same things. If your work environment doesn’t encourage you to keep developing your skills, you will stay stuck in the same few things you know, and you will lose your ability to compete in the labor market of the future.
Your Interest Is Somewhere Else
Perhaps your current career path does not displease you, but you are interested in trying out something else. The rapid development of tech these last couple of decades has created the opportunity for jobs that years ago did not exist, such as web development or coding.
If you went down a career path that doesn’t excite you anymore, and you’re lucky enough to know where you want to go next, you should embrace it with both arms and go at it at full speed. Remember that changing careers does not mean that you leave all your hard work behind and you are starting from zero. Your experience is very worthy and will be useful to you in whatever roads you take to go down a new path.
Making the decision to change careers maturely is hard internal work. Sometimes it’s not easy to distinguish actual discontent with transitory feelings, but the matter is too important to ignore the signs that something’s wrong. If you are ready to move on to the next thing, appreciate what your current career offered you and open yourself up to new beginnings.