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Do you love your job? Or, is it sucking out your soul?
If you are unhappy at work, you are not the only one. According to an article on businessinsider.com, the “Great Resignation” shows no signs of slowing down. A recent study by MIT reveals that more than 40% of workers were thinking about leaving their jobs, mostly due to toxic corporate culture.
For most, this will mean changing their employer and for others, it is likely to mean a complete career change. Many may need to learn new skills by taking home learning courses.
It can, however, be easier to stick with what you know, with the old adage of ‘the grass is not always greener on the other side’ ringing in your ears. It may be that the time has come to swap the drudgery of the commute to a job you dread, to commuting to one that you love (and look forward to!).
But how can you tell?
Here are 10 signs you need a career change…
#1 Sunday night dread
This doesn’t just affect just Sunday night but can impact any evening before you are due to go to work in the morning. If you work a Monday to Friday job and slump on a Sunday evening on the sofa, dreading what Monday will bring, it may be time to look at making a change. More importantly, if you lose sleep because of your job, the time has REALLY come for a change.If you are unhappy at work, you are not the only one. According to an article on businessinsider.com, the 'Great Resignation' shows no signs of slowing down.Click To Tweet
#2 Your future – full of promotions or murky, dim, and full of menacing shadows
Is it a job or a career? There is a fine line between the two. Some people seem happy to turn up. Do their thing and go home, confident that at the end of the month they can pay the bills. If, however, you want something more – like a promotion or a career ladder to make your way up – and your current job is not offering these chances, maybe this is enough to convince you to look elsewhere.
#3 The passion is gone
Work is a relationship. When the passion is gone and the va-va-voom non-existent, then the soul-sucking starts. The feeling of being stuck, being used, and of no real future in it makes you feel degraded and unchallenged. The time has come to change… and we are only up to reason number 3!
#4 Feeling undervalued
When you feel undervalued the outcome is obvious is all to see – de-motivation. It is the key cause of someone feeling rubbish about what they do, feeling they achieve little and that frankly, if they didn’t turn up tomorrow, it really wouldn’t matter.
This can be a physical sense as well as a psychological one, and being stunted by not being able or allowed to grow in your role. It may be that you are doing a disservice to yourself by sticking with something that is essentially, unfulfilling. Isn’t it time you tap into your true worth?
#6 Just soul-sucking
Some workplace cultures are created when management is not transparent, with one false promise after another. The truth is, some workplaces are just not healthy work environments and the negative impact of this on you and your emotional well-being is not to be underestimated. Unless you are seriously in love with your workplace, it is time to hot-foot it out of there.
#7 Dragging-clock syndrome
We all know the agony of watching the clock tick slowly by. Every passing minute seems to last for hours and hours. Constant boredom kills passion, motivation, and any sense of self-respect that you started your job with. If your eight-hour shift is passing so very s-l-o-w-l-y the time has come…
#8 The pay is rubbish
In some cases, low pay is part and parcel of economic conditions but some people find that when they compare their rate of pay with that of others in the same or similar role with another employer, they find that their rate of pay is incredibly low.
#9 The green-eyed monster
When you hear the joys expressed by friends or family as they talk about work, do you mask your envy with a wide grin? If so… you know the drill.
#10 You no longer recognize yourself
When work is a source of an identity crisis, there should be no other reason that you need to start looking for a new job. But rather than heading for the same old job, doing the same old thing, why not consider re-training with a home learning course?
Forget the old concept that you must work now and live later. Escape the endless cycle that takes you from work to home then work again. Relieve financial tension without working a second job.