Have you ever felt like this?
- You’re currently slumped over your desk.
- The very thought of work makes your stomach sick.
- When you try to be excited about that next speech or team meeting, you suddenly start to daydream about chucking it all and opening a restaurant on the beach.
Perhaps this means it’s time for a new position.
Or, maybe it’s time for a whole new career.
But, if changing jobs seems like a really big deal, then changing careers is that plus a thousand.
Since it’s such a huge change and big deal, you don’t want to leave behind a great career path for the wrong reasons. So how do you know if it’s time to change?
Tipsso got you covered!
Here are two signs that it’s time to leave not only the job, but the entire career.
You’re Frustrated at Work, But a New Job Fills You with Fatigue, Dread, Utter Boredom, or All of the Above
Sometimes a job change can feel like a breath of fresh air, different company culture, a chance at a raise, a different type of manager or team of co-workers. And sometimes the very thought of doing more of what you’re doing, even if you’re in an amazing office, surrounded by a great team and great boss, makes you feel depressed.
If you think about getting a new job and the idea of doing more of the same in terms of work is draining you, then you might be in the wrong field.
Take a second and think about what’s causing you the most pain right now. Is it your environment (office space, commute), your co-workers (team members or your boss), your company in general (bad culture, terrible benefits or pay), or is it the work itself?
You know it’s the work when you sit down and can’t find any energy to get started on a project or task. Or, when you find yourself procrastinating again and again anytime you try and start a new project. Or, when your boss says: “I have a great opportunity for you and it’s XYZ” clearly expecting you to jump for joy because it is, in fact, a great opportunity, and your first thought is: “No, No, No, No!”
That is the sign you needed
I understand how you might feel. That happened to me once. I was already a senior in the company when my boss offered me his position. It was clearly a big deal, and also a huge sign of trust in me. But the thought of doing more of the same, even for a huge pay raise, filled me with dread.
Doing the same job at another company filled me with dread as well. Doing anything in that entire industry filled me with dread. Sense a theme here? It was time to get out.
Know what I’m talking about?
If you take a look at everything and realize that the problem isn’t the office, the boss, or the company, but the actual work itself then it’s time to consider a career in different field .