A man with a difficult job stands in a lab.

Four Signs That It’s Time To Change Careers

Is this your 9-to-5?

Let’s face it.  We all have really bad days at work sometimes. 

Most of the time, it’s a one-off, and not a sign to ditch everything and change career.  But how can you tell when something’s more fundamentally wrong, and a change of direction might be needed?

You’re not motivated by your current workload, and still dread new work coming in

In almost any job, there will be times when what you’re working on bores you to tears.  That alone isn’t a reason to change career: you just need to get through the task and on to more interesting things. 

But if you’re not just struggling with what you’re doing, but also dreading the idea of new or future work, that could be a sign that it’s not just the one-off task that’s the problem.  

You don’t want to be your boss. Or their boss.

If you stayed in your current career, what does the future look like?  ‘Success’ usually means promotion. So look at your boss.  And their boss. 

Would you want that to be you in a few years’ time? 

If not, think about why, and whether that means you’re best getting out now.

You don’t like telling people what you do

A reluctance to tell people what you do suggests you’re embarrassed about it, or assume they’ll think less of you.  But will they?  Or are you just projecting your own views onto them?

If that sounds like you, it likely there’s something in your role that conflicts with your values: your job isn’t ‘you’, nor who you want to be.  

But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s never too late to change direction.

You’re supposed to be working right now

Should you really be working rather than reading this?  What are you avoiding? 

Experts say procrastination is largely a coping mechanism to avoid the negative feelings – anxiety, frustration, self-criticism, and so on – brought on by a particular task. 

So if you’re routinely doing anything but the task at hand, it could be a sign you need to make “doing something else” a permanent thing. 

Does this sound like you?

Time to make the change?