Have you been wondering if it is time to make a move? You enjoy what you do, but you are hungering for something else? Or, maybe you have many years of experience under your belt and want to make an impact. Perhaps you have a tiny feeling that you need to change the path you are on. Here are some signs that you might be ready for a career change.
New Career or New Role?For those who love their job, it might be a new company you need. For those who are tired of their jobs, it might be a whole new career you need. There is a third option; you might be ready to strike out on your own.
You’re not just the regular amount of tired; you are beyond tired of doing what you do. Sunday nights are no longer relaxing before you tackle Monday at full speed - instead, your body is telling you that you can’t keep going. It might show up as a headache, tension in the jaw, aching limbs, or a struggle to concentrate.
It might’ve started a joke, but now, when you say you’re there for the money, you really mean it. Anything that you loved about the job role and the company you work for has gone. Often, earning above average can keep us satisfied for a while, and sure, it pays the bills, but if you are starting to wonder if it is worth it - it probably isn’t. If you keep mentioning that you will hand in your notice after a bonus, after a review, or you buy more than you need looking for bumps in serotonin.
You find yourself dreaming of all of the different things you could be doing instead of what you are doing. Not only are you dreaming about them, but you are researching ways to move careers. You cruise LinkedIn reading updates about new jobs and opportunities; you consider getting new qualifications like executive coaching training or mentoring.
You might not notice it at first, but the people you work with (even if you like them) seem boring, and you lose interest in what they are talking about. Once upon a time, you would feign interest and laugh at things, but now you aren’t giving it any energy at all. And worse, people have noticed.
When you trained for the role and first started, you couldn’t wait to go to work. It was one of the things you loved the most in the world. But that now seems like a distant memory. And you can’t quite tell if your priorities have changed, or the more experience you have and the more you understand about the industry, your opinion and passion have changed.
As we change and grow personally, we can find that the career we thought we would be in forever isn’t right for us. Sometimes, we need to take the scary step and look for whatever it is that might be right for us. Once you’ve made the decision it’s time to change, here some tips to get you started: Tips For Exploring A New Career Path.
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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