You come into work every day, slog through your day, and leave as soon as possible at the end of the day. Lunchtime is a welcome break from the job, as are overly extended bathroom breaks. If any of this sounds familiar, coupled with half-hearted searches on LinkedIn or other sites for “new opportunities”, you might want to look at changing careers. There’s no point in collecting that paycheck if you have to be miserable every day to get it and you can look at other options.
- Going to the job is more work than the job itself. Not all of us race eagerly to work, but if you find yourself hardly able to find the will to get out of bed and drive to work, much less do what’s required, something needs to change. Similarly, if you find yourself on autopilot to the point of apathy on a daily basis, constantly wishing to go somewhere or do something else, it’s time to move on. In a similar vein, when you find yourself feeling jealous of what others do, you might ask yourself why: Perhaps that’s your subconscious telling you that you want a career in that person’s field instead.
- You feel stuck or unappreciated. This involves more than just acknowledgement of a job well done or done at all. Not all bosses show appreciation of their employees’ talents in showy ways. But if you slave and your employer takes your efforts for granted, either piling on more work or not recognizing your efforts, consider getting out. And if you find yourself stuck in a job where you have no opportunity to learn, grow, or advance, you’ll start to feel both bored and stifled. Never undervalue your talents–find a career that will challenge you and take notice of what you have to offer.
- How do I take the plunge? First see where your passions lie and what type of job would fit you best. You can easily find self-assessment tools or career tests online to help you. You may also want to speak with a local career counselor, whose job is helping you find yours. You may also want to connect with a high quality staffing agency (such as PrideStaff) to help you find that answer. Make a list of industries and occupations to investigate, then narrow the list. Speak with people in fields of interest (informational interviews) to ask them about how they got into it and get information about possible openings. Leave no stone unturned.
Restarting your career may sound daunting but compare that to feeling unfulfilled in your current position. Isn’t a little calculated risk worth the possible outcome? Again, for career advice and your next opportunity, work with the experts at PrideStaff.