Careers can be a funny thing. They really can.
For some of us, career progression and development is a simple and straight-forward thing. We determine, whilst in high school or college, an end goal we absolutely must attain. It could be to become a barrister, or to present a research finding before an assembly of the world’s most renowned neuroscientists.
If you’re lucky enough to discover this end goal you’re passionately invested in at a young age, the remainder of your career and indeed your life’s work can become very clear – you earn the qualifications, the experience and the reputation to attain it. Quite often, these career paths are already well established; the route to your destination already pre-defined. You must follow the markers, laid by those who did it before you.
However, what of the rest of us? What of the vast majority who perhaps don’t uncover that one passion whilst we’re still in education? What of those of us who might have several interests at college; who might be talented or apt at a few different things but never find that one end goal which grabs us and drives us forward into adult life?
What of those of us who end up treading a career path we perhaps never intended? Or those of us who find our interests change into our twenties and thirties? What of those of us who end up deciding we need to make a change? A change in career, location, even our whole life?
These changes can be scary and yet they can often end up being the best thing that happens to us. Here are the signs that it might be time to consider a change of career yourself.
What Are The Signs You Should Change Jobs?
1. The first and most immediate sign is sleep.
Restlessness, poor sleeping and, at worst, insomnia are all signs of a troubled mind. Whilst this could also be coming from factors in your personal life, if your personal life is sound and you’re still sleeping less than you should, the presence of work could well be the cause. This lack of sleep can quickly compound the effect, causing you to be tense and strained at work – in turn causing people to become tense and strained with you and making things that much worse.
2. You’re unmotivated by company goals.
Alike personal goals, company goals are a healthy thing. Whether it is as big as doubling your turnover or as small as completing a high-value piece of work by the week-end deadline, if you find yourself completely uninterested by the value of hitting a vital company goal, it might be time to consider a change.
This can happen gradually. If you’ve been at the same place for several years and have found your enthusiasm for the company’s success gradually dwindling, it might be a sign it’s time. A happy worker takes pride and pleasure and the progression of their company.
3. You find the quiet days the worst.
Typically, it’s the hectic days you should be happy to be over.
Whilst there can be a thrill to handling a hefty workload, busy, stressful days are typically a weight on the mind and the softer, easier days are ones where we can relax and have a little more fun.
Unless, of course, you’re unhappy where you are. In that instance, the quiet, easy days can become the most tiresome, when you no longer have the distraction of hectic work loads. If you find yourself counting the hours during a quiet day and distracting yourself on the web, that could also be a sign it’s time to change.
4. Taking pride in your work.
This is a big one. Only you can know your true standard. Only you can know the quality you can attain when you set your mind to a task and only you can really know when you’ve produced something that is far below your standard – especially when it’s because of a lack of effort.
It’s understandable, if not entirely ideal, for you to lack enthusiasm for a task here and there. However, if you find yourself tossing out the bare minimum on a weekly basis, it’s indicative of a severe miscontent at your current position of work.
Here’s the thing: life’s too short for us not to take pride on our work. It’s one of the ways we all can make a difference and take value in our lives. If we’re in a position where we don’t want to do that, we’re missing out on an important aspect of a quality, motivated life.
5. Perhaps the most obvious sign though are your co-workers.
Co-Workers are the biggest indicators of happiness at your job – not in how they act around you but in how you respond to them.
Unless you are lucky enough to work in the perfect environment for you with a group of people you really love, co-workers are going to get on your nerves from time to time, just by being them. This is human nature. All but the most perfect personality fits are going to begin to grate on us every so often when we spend the amount of time we do with the same people every day.
It could be office gossip or lad banter. It could be one particular person whom you have a strong difference of opinion with. These common and mild frustrations occur to most people every week. On those occasions, a happy, content person at work will detach, get lost in work or place an earphone in and by the time they come in tomorrow, it’ll be forgotten about and you’ll find you get on well with that same person on this new day. That’s what a happy worker does.
It’s when you come in to work with a pre-emptive dread of a co-worker who can get on your nerves you need to start taking note. Not only are you unfairly expecting them to do it, you’ve lost the ability to handle it by getting on with your job. It’s the first sign you’ve lost any desire to do your job. If it begins to happen frequently, then you should consider changing careers.
Co-Workers are just people. People who are who they are and have their own lives. They aren’t responsible for your happiness and they often have no idea when they’re affecting you. Generally, a happy human is at least reassured by the routine of another person being themselves at work. If you begin to resent it, think about your future.
Getting The Ball Rolling & Taking The Plunge
Change is scary. Humans tend not to like change. We prefer predictable, controllable routine.
It’s for this reason we can often take so long to set negatives right in our lives, the outright fear of change. A fear of exposing ourselves to failure or rejection – at the interview or in a new career path.
Yet, the one thing you learn when you make that plunge is how quickly and amazingly good human beings are at adapting. When faced with change, the human mind is remarkable at assessing the situation and reacting accordingly.
Building new relationships with a group of new co-workers of varying ages and backgrounds, establishing yourself in your role, learning the environment of a new area and even a new city around you. These seem like a scary thing before you do it. Once you’ve done it, they’re exciting, thrilling and novel.
If you are finding yourself miserable and uninspired at work or feel as though you strayed onto the wrong career path after education, it’s never too late to make a change. If you’ve been working in the same spot for a long time and it no longer inspires you, apathy becomes your enemy, as it anchors you to a place you no longer wish to be.
The first step is the hardest and that is accepting the idea that not only can you change careers, it might be good for you. Once you come to that conclusion, a whole new world of opportunity unfolds before you.
If you’ve been inspired to look at new pastures by this article or if you’re considering a change of career, firstly, that’s great! Secondly, have a glance at our current vacancies to see what exciting new opportunities could be waiting for you here.