Career Advice

3 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change

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Many of us are unsatisfied with our jobs. That’s just the way things go sometimes. However, it is important to determine if your dissatisfaction with your job is something that can be remedied or if it is time to consider a change. It makes sense that so many of us fuss about disliking our jobs. We set goals and aspirations in our minds that are always one step out of reach. This is good. It keeps us trying. However, it is important to realize that just because your job isn’t your dream career doesn’t mean you have to hate it or even dislike it.

Be sure you are getting the absolute most that you can out of your work experience. Pinpointing whether or not it is time to consider a career change is a difficult process. Pay attention to these four signs that you might want to consider a new job or profession.


You Don’t Fit In

This can mean several different things. Getting along with your peers and your boss at your job is a very important aspect of your job satisfaction. If you find that you have little in common with your coworkers, it can be a good sign that you just aren’t a good fit with them. Of course, you don’t want to make your entire professional decision based on how many friends you have at work, but if you find that you are feeling isolated or excluded from the inner workings of your organization, that’s not a good sign.

Even more significant, if your values do not align with your company’s values, that can be a sure sign that you need to consider a new path. Feeling morally secure about your career is a very important aspect of remaining happy with yourself and your job.

Your Work Doesn’t Demonstrate Your Full Potential

We want a position that uses and showcases all of our best qualities. There is nothing more disheartening than performing tasks that are significantly below your ability over and over again. Though it means more work, you want to receive projects at work that challenge you while also highlighting your strongest qualities.

Repeatedly getting projects and assignments that play to your weaknesses or are beneath your level is a good sign that you should look for work elsewhere. Working in an environment that continually asks you to perform tasks that don’t interest you or that discredit you is not a sustainable situation.

You Only Think About Work from 9 to 5

Individuals who are truly passionate about their work think about their jobs outside of their regular work hours. Part of being excited and passionate about what you do is dreaming up ideas and strategies on your downtime. If you find yourself only thinking about your work when you are at work from nine to five, you may want to evaluate your work situation. You may just be skating by with your job, rather than feeling truly passionate about your work.

Do you take time outside of your work hours to learn more about your industry or area of expertise? If you do not, you may not be as inspired by your work as you should be. It may be time to look for a position or career that will truly ignite some excitement and inspiration in you.

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