Remember when you first started your career? Hopefully they are happy memories filled with the promise of a long fulfilling future. But how do you feel about your career today? If the love is a distant memory it may be time to take a little action.
Is it time to break up with your career? Here are six signs that you need to think about it seriously.
1. You dread going to work
Work dread often kicks in about 6pm on a Sunday. The weekend is not actually over but rather than enjoying a relaxing evening your mind is already twisting and turning about the work week starting again. Bad sign. Should you stay in that role?
2. You are always complaining
This one could sting but the best way to get an honest gauge on it is to ask your nearest and dearest if you are driving them mad with complaints. If your work dialogue has become a big, long whinge they are going to be more than happy to fill you in on the change of tone.
3. You regularly make mistakes
Mistakes, particularly small mistakes, are a red flashing light that your mind is wandering. Have a think back over the last few months. How many times did you have a mistake pointed out that you were amazed you even made in the first place? If it happens regularly it may be that your mind is drifting a little more than is healthy in a happy career.
4. Your confidence is dipping
Confidence is such an important aspect of our lives and just like in personal relationships, when our career confidence starts looking patchy, the damage can be long term. Do you find yourself asking people to check things that previously you wouldn’t have hesitated about? And are you avoiding new tasks and projects because you are worried about the outcomes? These are signs that your confidence is battered. Don’t ignore them!
5. You’re watching the clock
This one is a no brainer. If you’ve never known what it’s like to suddenly realise it’s the end of the day and you have no idea where the hours went, then you should consider searching for a career that is more fulfilling. You deserve it.
6. Every day feels the same
Let’s face it. There are not enough surprises in life and some jobs are frankly repetitive. But when you really have no reaction to the little things that do change, you’ve got a stale job on your hands. Time to add some colour to your career.
Signs to change jobs:
- Sunday evening work dread is a sure sign you’re ready for a change
- Catch yourself complaining about the office too much? Stop complaining and start searching.
- Do you slap your head over silly mistakes? If there is no personal reason for your distraction, take it as a sign your heart is no longer in it.
- Ever heard of Groundhog Day. It’s the same day over and over again. No one wants to live like that.
Find your dream job and quitting:
What does your dream career look like? Write down a list of the job you’d like to do and the companies you’d like to work for. Then do a little research. Does your dream company have your dream job? Find someone who is doing it right now on LinkedIn and take a look at the experience and education it took to get there, then start planning, step by step, how you can do the same.