Do you feel drained from working in the same office every day? Are you counting down the days to the weekend on Monday mornings? Have you ever wondered if your job is the right one for you? If your answer to all of them is a resounding ‘yes’, then perhaps it is time for a career change.
Before you make any rash decisions, how would you know if your career is the root cause of the problems stated above? What if there are other external reasons unrelated to your work? If you are unsure, don’t worry, we have compiled for you 7 signs you should look out for to help you decide whether you need a career change.
You felt like you experienced it all
Initially, when you first joined the organisation, you felt that every day is different, fresh and exciting. Fast forward a few years and those feelings slowly waned. Your role starts to feel like a routine and instead of facing unique challenges that help you grow, you are now facing boring and mundane tasks. Your job no longer excites you anymore because you feel like you have seen it all and that there is no more room for improvement or growth. Perhaps, the solution is to move on to another job or another line of work.
It is affecting your personal life
We all know that work could be challenging and it could take a toll on your body. If you have constant migraines, insomnia or are feeling miserable in general, perhaps, it is your body’s way of telling you that this job is not right for you.
The worst part is, those negative effects of work can influence your personal life and even hurt your relationship with your loved ones. Have your friends and family commented on how stressed and irritated you look after work? Do you lash out at them because of how stressed you are? If your work is turning you into a bitter person, you should start exploring activities that will make you feel like yourself again or you could simply change your job.
Your company’s values are no longer the same as yours
Things change over time—the market, the company’s values and more importantly, the people. When it comes to making decisions, the company’s core values play a crucial part in the decision-making process. If you find yourself constantly disagreeing with the overall company direction, or your new boss’s decisions are contrary to what you believe in, it is time to move on to another company who share the same beliefs and values as you. There is no point in staying at a company that you cannot wholeheartedly support as that would lead to underperformance and conflict from both sides. It can really hammer on your conscience to work for something that you do not believe in or you think is wrong. After all, life is not worth living if we can’t be true to ourselves.
You are eyeing another job
Have you ever stumbled upon a job that piques your interest? Maybe the job offers plenty of benefits or perhaps it provides flexible working hours, but regardless of the reasons, do you often ponder what it would be like to land another job? If you feel motivated or excited just by having that thought, it is a very good indicator that the job in mind might be more suitable than the job you have now.
The pay does not even out the bad
The pay is good and you could afford all the materialistic things you want but you do not have any sense of fulfilment and happiness from how you get your money. Most of us have jobs we do not necessarily like to make a living or to make ends meet, but if your satisfactory paycheck does not justify the reason to keep on staying, then that is a very clear sign that you should change your career.
You do not feel appreciated for your hard work
Doing a great job when there is no one to appreciate it, sucks. And that is not to say that we all need to receive praise and attention 24/7. What everyone needs is to get a pat on the back every now and then, and there is nothing wrong with that. Similar to a relationship, if you do not get affection or attention from your significant other, you will question yourself whether you are truly loved or valued.
Not only is it demoralising when you receive no appreciation for your good effort, but it can also be demotivating as you have no way of knowing whether or not you have done a good job. If your boss is not willing to appreciate what you have done for the company, the chances of you getting promoted are going to be low as well. So, go out there and find a job that appreciates the work you have contributed to the company.
You’re doubting yourself
Do you feel good when you are doing your job? Are you satisfied with the results you created or are you just scraping by? If you are beginning to doubt yourself and the work that you do, then you would need to make some changes in the type of working environment you want. Simply put, there is no merit in staying in a job that makes you doubt your self-worth, capabilities and working performance. A good career should boost your confidence and self-esteem, not the other way around.
Are you searching for a new meaningful career that makes you feel content and happy? At KWO, our mission is to educate and help people get protected financially, and we aim to reach out to many more. If you also have a passion for people, come join us today and give your career a whole new purpose!