How To Know When It’s Time For A Career Change

Are you sitting in your office and twiddling your thumbs until it is time to go home? Have you lost that exciting feeling that you used to get when you were passionate about something new? Do you simply not care anymore? If you answer yes to all of these questions, then it is time for a change in your career. You should consider changing your career and finding something else, a career that will make you happy and not constantly eager to go home. It is possible to find a career that is fulfilling and accomplished; you just did not find the right job yet.

When Is The Right Time for a Career Change

The right time for a career change is when you are done with your job and you do not have any reason to stay, except for the money. Of course, money is an important factor. However, it should not be the only factor in your life. Your happiness is important too! It is hard to make money when you do not have the energy to put it to good use. This is why you should consider making a career change. The idea might sound daunting and you might not be ready for it. But, you might find that the best things in life are unexpected and this could be the best decision you will ever make.

That Little Voice In Your Head Is Telling You That Enough Is Enough

Think of this scenario. It is Sunday night and you are getting ready for the next morning. Are you filled with an undeniable dread of going to work tomorrow? Do you not have the energy to put one foot in front of the other and you hope that your office closes down for inexplicable reasons? If you do feel that way, then you should think about leaving your job and finding another. That feeling you get on Sunday nights is your body telling you that you are not happy about Monday. This means that your body is physically rejecting the idea of going to work. You might even experience tension in your muscles or headaches due to the dread. Your body is telling you to get out and maybe you should start listening to it.

Your Job Affects Your Self-Esteem 

If you have reached a point where you doubt yourself and the work that you do, then you need to change your working environment. It is very common for people in the wrong career to start experiencing self-doubt and insecurities; you just do not trust your work anymore. You should not stay in a job or a career that does not make you feel good about yourself; it is just not worth it. This could impact your well-being and you will start to feel like every task is impossible to accomplish. With a fulfilling career, you will find that it will boost your confidence and improve your well-being.

It’s Only About The Money At This Point

Money cannot buy happiness and that applies to your job. You need money to survive and you need to be happy, as well. It is a delicate balance that you constantly need to focus on. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other. Most importantly, you should not give up your happiness for money. Giving up your happiness is not worth the pay-off. With the right career, you will feel like you are following your true calling and you will feel satisfied with your job. No matter what you buy, it will never make up for hating your job. (You are not going to be happy about going to work once you buy those designer shoes.)

You Are Dreaming About A Different Career

If you are sitting around and Googling “how to love your job”, then maybe it is time to leave your job and look for a new one. You should start considering other career paths, especially ones that interest you. It might sound like a cliché, but you should listen to your heart. You should find out what makes you happy and excited, and then you should do that. If you are reading about other people’s lives and you do not like your own, then you should think about changing yours. If you know what you are passionate about and your job is not helping you with your passion, then it is time to look elsewhere.

You Do Not Have The Energy and You Are Constantly Bored

If you think that you are going to be excited and eager to work all day every day, then you are wrong. Everyone has those days where they do not have the energy or the enthusiasm to get things done. There will be days when your bed calls out to you and you spend all day thinking about going home. However, that should not be your daily mind-set. There might be a task at hand that you do not want to do, but that should not apply to your whole job. If you do not have the energy to work every day, then you should think about changing your career.

No More Passion For You

You should feel better because your job is pushing you to feel better, as established above. However, if you start to lose perspective and you forget the reason you started out in your current career, then it is time to go. You should go back to the original reason you started out in your current career and find out if this is still what you want to do. Maybe you no longer feel like you have a purpose in your job. Or, maybe you feel like your job is a waste of time and you would rather be doing something else. If that is the case, then a career change might be the right move for you.

You Are Jealous of Other Peoples’ Jobs

Jealousy is natural, but it should not plague your mind all the time. You might find yourself jealous of a celebrity or two. But, once you start feeling jealous of other peoples’ careers or work environments, then that is a sign that you are unhappy with your current career. It is also a sign that you need to leave your job and find something else. If you are jealous of other peoples’ career, then this means that you feel like something is missing in your life. Start to evaluate why you feel this way towards other peoples’ careers. Is there something they have that you want in your career?

Change Does Not Affect You Anymore

You might be doing your job and you might be doing it well. But, you do not have the energy to show initiative or be creative anymore. If this sounds familiar, then change does not affect you anymore. Maybe, your boss sucks and they dismiss your ideas time and time again. Or, maybe you just do not feel comfortable sharing your ideas anymore. With this type of environment, it could be hard to remain motivated. Either way, you deserve to be heard and get those creative juices flowing again. As mentioned so many times before, you should think about working in another career or even starting your own business.

Leaving Is Your First Priority, If You Could

Do you want to know if you are satisfied with your job? Then, ask yourself this question. If you could leave your job and quit tomorrow while remaining financially secure, would you? In the case that you answer yes to this question, then you should start working your way towards that. If you answer yes, then the only thing keeping you in your job is the money. You should find a career that you are excited about and think about how you can build a career that fits your passions. If you find yourself saving up for the day you leave your job, then maybe it is time that you do.

Your Loved Ones See a Change

When your loved ones start noticing a change in your behavior, then you should think about leaving your job. You might be constantly unhappy, stressed, or always complaining. If that is the case, then you should consider that your career might not be making you happy anymore. Your loved ones have seen you in your best and worst states, so they will be able to notice a change. If the people closest to you start to notice a decline in your behavior, then you should know that your job is taking a toll on you. (And, not the good kind.)

Conclusion: You Know It’s Time for a Career Change, What’s Next?

So, you know that you should change your career. What does that mean? This means that you should start looking for other options and find another job. You should consider working as a freelancer for a while to understand different fields of interest until you find the right one for you. The next stage of your life is about to be great; you just need to start.