5 Ways To Tell If You Need A Career Change
According to Forbes, there are 5 critical ways to determine reliably and effectively if you should consider a career change. Read on to help determine the answer to the question, “Should I Stay or Should I Go”?
1. You are chronically worn out, exhausted, and depleted.
If you experience chronic illness, debilitation, and exhaustion, the first place to look is your work. Most of us spend more waking hours working than doing anything else, and if you don’t like your work, it won’t like you back, and overly-stressful, misaligned work can very easily make your body break down. Your body tells you what your lips cannot. It may be your specific job or toxic work environment that is breaking you down, but often it’s your entire career that needs a shift.
2. Your skills, responsibilities, and tasks are not you at all.
This can be a shocker for some folks that you might have become very good at work that you hate. For example, one landscaper told us he was often requested for the most challenging jobs. But inside it was a horrible struggle and he dreaded spending one more summer in the heat.
3. You’ve come to the point where your salary no longer makes up for the boredom and emptiness you feel.
Most people who dislike like their work but are reluctant to change would say it’s their fear about walking away from the money that keeps them stuck. But at some point, many are saying, “Hang on here – I have this money, but I hate how I spend my life making it.” They begin to rethink their priorities and their abilities, and then they open their eyes to new ways they can make the money they need without risking the farm or giving up their lives for it.
4. Despite all the “right” choices you made in your career, the outcome feels very wrong.
So many professionals have made all the “right” choices, done everything that was expected of them, so when they wake up bored to death with their work, they’re shocked and confused. The thing to realize here is that the “right” choices usually had to do with pleasing others, stroking your ego, or taking work or a promotion that fell in your lap, rather than asking yourself the tough questions like “Is this where I belong?”
5. You have the irrepressible feeling that your talents and abilities could/should be used in a totally different (more impactful) way.
If you think, “There’s got to be more in life,” then there IS more to life than what you’re currently doing – no question.
There’s another way to live and work, even though you can’t see it yet. Your work and goals must align for a true work-life balance. Your goals may be monetary or they may have nothing to do with money. It may have to do with supporting your family or taking a dream vacation. Ultimately, the goal has to include a career in which you enjoy going to work everyday – otherwise, nothing else matters.