‘…The clock screamed 7. My weary steps took me home, steady yet lifeless. I’m back home. A day’s monotony is finally calling an end. I threw my bag on the couch. All I want to do is throw myself to the muses of a couch nap. This couch has become my happy place for quite some time.
Hang in. What am I doing with my life? This is not what I imagined it to be. Back then, the future had been the most exciting thing to look up to. I can hear a voice. ‘Enough is enough, pack your bags.’ You need to run away. You need a change…’
The story continues…
Did you find yourself somewhere in this story? Do you think you need a career change or is it just a pipe dream? If you are unable to contemplate your calling, unable to shatter the barriers of reality and delusion, let me be your help! Look into yourself. Here, I’m going to tell you about the 13 signs that hints you need a career change.
It’s time for a change if your career doesn’t pay you well.
At the end of the day, money matters. You go for a job because you need to get paid. You have bills to pay. If you continue to take up work and ensure its quality, you deserve fair compensation for the work you do. If you think you’re not getting paid enough, it’s time to think of something else.
But this shouldn’t be a sudden decision. Maybe it’s just your job. Talk to your company and find out what they can do. If nothing works, find out if another job can get you what you want. If you think the problem is with the career choice you made, then it’s better to find something that can give you what you want.
It’s time for a change if you don’t enjoy your job anymore
Remember those scary Mondays when you were in school? Even after all these years, are you still scared of Mondays? Maybe it’s because you don’t enjoy what you do. You’re in it just for money. If you didn’t have bills to pay at the end of the month, you would’ve left long ago. While you appreciate the financial stability your job provides, you’re beginning to feel like a loser and your heart is somewhere else. You’re underperforming at work and you find it hard to keep up with deadlines. These are clear signs that you need a change.
Wait, don’t rush. It’s not yet time to give your resignation letter. Maybe it’s just your boss or one project you don’t like. First, make sure it isn’t. If you’re still up for a change, find out what fits you the most and start mentoring yourself for that.
It’s time for a change if it breaks you
Each day, you come back home drained out. Your job is causing serious wear and tear to your body. All you want to do after work is lie down. You’re developing aches all over your body, your shoulders are getting weaker and you fall sick often. Physical signs of an unhappy career are subtle. It sprouts up slowly and kills you from inside. You might think it’s because you’re getting older, but it is your everyday job requirements. If you think it’s too much for you to handle and your body can’t go on for long like this, better think of a career change.
It’s time for a change if your passion lies somewhere else
Remember, you once had a dream. A dream that was dear to you. But you lost it somewhere. Now, you’re doing something you don’t love, just for the pay cheque you receive at the end of every month. You’re not happy with your current career. Your true interest lies somewhere else. You always regret not choosing the career you loved.
Then, maybe it’s better to go for your passion. As the bible says ‘for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also…’ In fact, why do you have to do something you don’t like when your passion awaits you somewhere else with everything you need?
It’s time for a change if you’re not good at what you do
You made a career choice. You joined a job. You were working hard for years, but you couldn’t really accomplish anything notable. Maybe it’s because you’re not good at what you’re currently doing. Maybe it’s not your cup of tea. If that’s what it is, you should certainly think of a career change. Maybe you can do better somewhere else and it’s never too late to make a change.
If you are unable to make a decision by yourself, take help from the people who know you well enough. If they also think it’s the right decision, go for it. Doesn’t matter how hardworking you are, all your efforts will go to waste if you’re not good at what you do. So, to be successful, it’s better to find out what you’re good at and make a career change that fits your skillset.
You don’t think your job gets you the respect you deserve
All human beings crave for recognition and respect. Your career affects the way people see you. It is a part of your identity. Your career plays a major role in building your reputation. But, what if your career spoils your reputation as an individual? What if you find it difficult to tell people what you do? What if your career puts you down in front of people? If that’s the case, you’re on the wrong track and you should think about a career change.
It’s time for a change if you’re jealous of others
Have you ever looked at a person you know and felt jealous about what he/she does? Do you wish for the creativity and flexibility your friends have in their careers?
Maybe it’s the job, maybe it’s the organization or maybe it’s the money he/she makes. When your friends or peers tell you how happy they are with their careers, you let out a sigh of regret thinking of the career choice you made. You’re probably jealous of anyone who enjoys their job.
Wait, stop dismissing jealousy as a bad thing. It’s a signal you give yourself. It certainly means one thing. You’re not happy with your job. You’re not at the right place. Maybe it’s time for you to think of a career change.
Use this as an opportunity to understand what you lack. Is it the work culture, or is it the job itself, or is it something else? Use the answers to find out what you really want and plan your career change according to that.
No value for talent
Imagine a situation where you put in a lot of effort at work to complete an unrealistic task and your superiors still don’t appreciate you or believe in you. How awful would it be if you continue doing the same? You can just shift your job if it’s a problem with your boss. But what if it happens to everyone who does what you do? If your work is being overlooked or your talent is not being valued, you should think of a change.
It’s time for a change if you feel stuck
You are still at the same place where you started. You’re unable to climb the corporate ladder. Your superiors overlook you during promotions. The people who started with you are far ahead and the ones who joined later have surpassed you. Has this been the case with your career wherever you go? Has it affected your self-esteem? Then, it’s time for you to think about a career change. Growth is something everyone thrives for. It directly affects your self-esteem. If you can’t achieve it with your current career, you shouldn’t be continuing what you are doing now.
It’s time for a change if you don’t work with your kind of people
Have there been instances where you found something funny at your workplace but then you realized you don’t have anyone with the same wavelength to share it with? Then, you certainly don’t enjoy going to work.
All of us spend a big part of our life at our workplace. We’re social animals and social craving to connect is innate to all human beings. If you don’t find your kind of people at your workplace, it means you shouldn’t be there for long. Unless you’re a loner, you should probably think of a change.
It’s time for a change if the work not challenging
Putting yourself into extremely difficult situations at work can make you hate your job. But at the same time, the opposite can also hurt. Every job should be challenging. You will lose interest in your job if you’re left with no challenge to overcome. If you do the same work every day, you will soon move into autopilot mode. It will make you stop seeking for new opportunities. Trust me, that’s not good. Take my advice. Pack your bags and follow your heart. You’ve to find something that caters to your strengths, presents possibilities to acquire new skills, and lets you make significant contributions. Your career should boost your self-esteem, not kill it.
Lack of control
What if your boss decides everything for you?
No one wants to be a puppet at the workplace. We don’t work like machines. A certain level of autonomy and flexibility is necessary to build our self-esteem. If you don’t have any control over what you do and everything is mechanical, RUN!!! You shouldn’t be there. You will become a machine sooner or later. It’s time for a change.
It’s time for a change if there is no work-life balance
Work is a part of your life, but it shouldn’t take over your entire life. Whatever your job role is, finding the right balance between your work life and the rest of your day is very important to ensure a high quality of life. If your career doesn’t allow you to have time and energy for other things in life, you should seriously think of changing your career. Work-life should be challenging but it shouldn’t squeeze all the juice out of you.
Being in a place that doesn’t suit you won’t do you any good. If you’ve identified any of these signs in your work-life, maybe it’s time for a change. Always remember that you make your own destiny. Make sure that you invest time and thought before making your life-changing decisions. I hope the illustrated analysis have powered up your insights and have widened your perspectives.