Are you having some feelings about your job and wondering if they are just normal feelings that everyone has about work? Well, there are undoubtedly normal day-to-day feelings that are OK to have about your job, and there are signs that you are in serious need of a career change. Don’t fret – over half of all working adults entertain the idea of a career change. Here are five signs you absolutely should not ignore if you are thinking about changing careers.
Do you find yourself constantly checking the clock or looking for distractions while at work (How often are you checking your social media at work?) Nothing seems to challenge you anymore. You feel like you have way more potential than you are actually using at work. Boredom is a massive issue at work and can be a big sign that you’re ready to move on.
On top of just feeling bored, prolonged boredom can start affecting your stress levels. Prolonged stress makes us more susceptible to unhealthy coping such as smoking, overeating, and alcohol. If you feel unbelievably bored at work, you may need to reevaluate your career and see if you might be a better fit somewhere else, which brings us to the next point…
Out of Place
Feeling like a fish out of water? You feel like you just don’t belong where you work. You have many talents and a ton of knowledge that isn’t getting you anywhere at work, and it’s starting to affect your mood. You know you’re meant for a greater purpose, but it hasn’t quite clicked yet. Well, here is your sign. You are!
Another indication is when you feel like you have nothing in common with your colleagues. You often feel like they are speaking a different language or that you’re talking to a brick wall. You may even feel like you have to put on an act around them and aren’t comfortable just being yourself. This constant bottling of emotions and self-expression will start affecting your stress levels at work, along with everything leading up to it.
I’m not talking about being sad that it’s Sunday night after a wonderfully relaxing weekend. I’m talking about frequent dread. The “makes you lose sleep, hate your alarm, your morning routine, and this feels like torture just thinking about the day to come” kind of dread. It may start slowly creeping into your life, and before you know it, you’re dragging your feet heading out the door daily. It’s time. You know you’re not happy anymore at this job. Dust off that resume before you get to the next big sign…
Personal Life Declining
We do our best to keep our work life and personal life separate just to be ourselves on our off time and not bring work worries with us wherever we go. But these are things that can seep into our personal life and throw everything off balance. This causes rifts in your relationships and making you have a hard time enjoying your time away from work.
Your stress from work is sucking all of your energy from you and leaving you simply exhausted and nothing left to enjoy the time with the ones you love. If you are noticing this sign, it’s not too late to make a change and get yourself somewhere that can benefit not only you but everyone around you…
Daydreaming about “What if’s”
How often do you find yourself getting lost in thought and daydreaming about what life could be if you took a different direction? Are you happier in these dreams? Do you think of all the possibilities of how you can apply your skills and turn them into something you love? Don’t ignore this sign; embrace it! These daydreams show you where you want to be in life, and while they might not precisely guide you on how to get there, think of it as your calling. Pick it up, and let us show you your potential…
Where to Start
If you notice any of these signs in your life, let us help you get to know yourself better, your strengths, challenges, and possible career paths. Our PIC (Performance, Interpersonal, and Challenges) Report is designed to help highlight traits that make you and help guide you on your way to a new career. It uses our unique PCB (Perception Conception and Behavior) model created using a scientific model that analyzes how a person sees the world, how they process information and their response to that information. With this information, our PIC report will give you a detailed outline of what environments work well for you, the types of people you work well with, how you like to work, and much more. Learn more today and find your path to your new tomorrow.