4 Signs That You Should Consider a Career Change
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When the weekend ends, how do you feel about going to work the next day? Are you optimistic, indifferent, or dreading the idea of sitting in that office again? Do you feel like your time and contributions are valued? Are your job frustrations outnumbering your positive experiences? Here are some signs that it’s time you make a career change.
You Don’t Feel Valued
When you don’t feel that your work and time is valued, then your experiences at your job can become less fulfilling, leading to burnout. These issues are crystal clear signs that it’s time to evaluate if your career is a positive influence in your life. If you don’t feel that your contributions are respected, important, and recognized, it might be time to consider moving onto a different position.
Advancement Isn’t Likely
It is a good rule of thumb to assume that if you haven’t advanced in your career after three years of maintaining the same position, it may be time to look at available jobs elsewhere. Evaluate your accomplishments within your current position, as well as any obligations that might restrict a transition. Then, check online job listings to see what options are available for you. Even if you don’t make a move, it’s good to know what’s out there.
You’re Unhappy in Your Job
It’s a bit difficult to find a person who loves their job 100% of the time. While there are ups and downs, it’s important to note when unhappiness tips the scales. If you spend most of your time at work dissatisfied, or working under a toxic boss/environment, it could be time to make a change.
Most of us have had a day at work where our hearts aren’t quite in it. It happens to the best of us and can often be resolved by talking with a friend or getting a good night’s sleep. However, if you consistently find yourself not being mentally present at work, operating on autopilot, or wishing you were elsewhere, it’s a sign that something needs to give.
Get a clear idea of what you care about in your work life (community, autonomy, social service, etc.) and look for a position that would foster fulfillment for you in these areas. Seek out companies that share your values, as they could provide a more helpful and nourishing work environment.