Our jobs are where we spent the majority of our week – some of us clock in forty hours a week while the reality is many more of us are clocking in 50, 60 and even more. There are probably a host of reasons why you ended up in the job you did, but you may be feeling dissatisfied and ready for a change. You may be needing the extra challenges of more responsibility, you may just need to change jobs but remain in the same career, or you may be hanging out for a full-on career change. Not sure? Well here are 4 signs that it’s time for a career change.
1) You Aren’t Passionate About Your Work
Do you get home from work, tired and deflated while feeling like you haven’t made a real difference or had an impact? Not all of us can be heart surgeons, but being satisfied with the work you are doing is really important to finding balance in your life. How many of your unique skills are you using in your current employment? If you’re not using much, chances are you could be happier with a new career.
2) You Ignored Your Childhood Dreams
Some of us had crazy career desires as children that were unlikely to work out. But maybe your dream when you were a child was to become a lawyer or legal security, but life got in the way. If this was your dream, why don’t you find a new legal job or consider studying law in order to have the requirements to move forward in this career. We’re living and working longer than ever before, so even if you’re mid career it could be worthwhile changing careers.
3) You Know You Could be Amazing at Something Else
Maybe you’ve heard a lot of people tell you that you would be an amazing teacher because you’re patient with children and love teaching. Perhaps friends and family keep insisting you would be perfectly suited for something, but you just never really took it seriously until now. If you’re curious as to how much you’d like something like teaching, why not consider doing a day of shadowing, where you would follow a teacher around for a day. Many schools are happy to offer this opportunity for you to see what a real day of teaching is like.
4) Your Work is Bringing You Down
Each morning when your alarm goes off, how do you feel? Upbeat and ready to start the day, or dreading every second and wishing you could sleep an extra hour or two. If your work is starting to cross over into other areas of your life and is beginning to feel overwhelming, this is a pretty loud and clear sign you may need to change positions or even careers. Remember that your own health and mental health are both much more important than money, so check in with yourself if you feel you’re heading down this path.
Changing careers can be daunting, but it’s also very exciting! Just make sure you’re realistic about the realities of the career you’re contemplating shifting too – spending a day shadowing someone is a great way to find out if it would be a good fit for your lifestyle.