If you suspect that now is the time for you to make a career change but do not want to jump from the frying pan and into the fire then this is completely understandable. That being said, if you stay in a situation that doesn’t make you happy, then this will work against you. You may find that you are not able to progress and that you end up stagnating from a professional point of view. If you are ready to make a change, then this guide will help you to make the right decisions.
You’re No Longer Growing
Some employees outgrow their positions and they stop feeling challenged by the work that they do. Workers who have stopped growing tend to become unhappy with their career progress and they feel like they are just going through the motions without any kind of motivation. They don’t want to do more than the minimum and they lose all passion for the position. If this sounds like you then there is a high chance that you have stopped growing and this can have huge consequences for you in the future.
You are Exhausted
If you feel exhausted then this is another sign that you need to consider a career change. This is especially the case if your job ends up impacting your physical and mental well-being. You will spend 90,000 hours at work during your lifetime, and if you are miserable for most of this period then you won’t be doing yourself any favors. It may be that you are tired and drained at the end of the day and this can lead to you developing mental and physical health conditions. If you want to stop this from being the case then now is the time for you to change that.
Your Values no Longer Align
If you don’t feel as though your values align with the company’s anymore then this can have a monumental consequence on your professional life. It may be that you end up feeling angry, irritable or frustrated with your position and this is the last thing you want. One way for you to work around this would be for you to try and go into a career path that reflects your personal interests. Find something that you are passionate about and also explore something that you love. You could use your current unhappiness to start your beauty career, as an example. Either way, it has never been easier for you to use the lack of drive you have now to your advantage, so you can find a career that aligns with the values you have now as a working professional.
Your Work Doesn’t Matter
Do you feel as though the work you are doing now just doesn’t matter? Maybe you feel as though nothing you do contributes to the bigger picture. If this sounds like you then this is a major sign that something has to change. If you do not put in the work to make a change now then your situation will only worsen.
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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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