With the technology field constantly creating more jobs and the economic environment making it easier to start a business, career change is becoming more common. The question is, is it time for you to make the switch? Watch yourself for these warning signs, and you’ll get out of a bad job at the right time.
If you spend your lunch breaks and nights at home working on a passion project or side hustle, it could be time for you to consider a career change. The things you do for fun can reveal what you’re really good at and when what you love combines with what you’re good at, you’ve likely found a career sweet spot. If you’ve started a side business, think about the skills that translate into. You might find yourself in a different industry finally doing something you love. Is your side hustle worthy of becoming your full-time job? Project your profit and see if it will support your lifestyle.
When you think about what’s next for you in your current career, do you see yourself there? If you’re in a management track, think about whether you actually want to be a manager. So many people get stuck in a job track and end up hating their work. If you’re not interested in the next step of your current career, it’s time to seriously consider a career change where you’ll want to move up and improve.
Do you count the minutes until it’s time to leave your desk? Do you start the day with a countdown and watch as the hours seem to tick by? That is one major warning sign. When your work interests you so little that you can hardly wait as they minutes pass by, you’re going to have to make some changes. The first step is to consider how you might be able to make your job more interesting. Take on a project that excites you or create one. After you’ve tried to improve your circumstances, and you still hate what you do, it’s a good time to think about that career change.
The Sunday blues are something that a lot of people experience, but if your blues is flat-out dread, you could have a real problem. While not looking forward to waking up early Monday morning is natural, hating the next five days of your life is extreme. Pay attention to the way you feel and decide if it’s more than the usual dread.
If the only thing that’s keeping you in your job is your paycheck, it’s a good idea to look into something else. At the end of the day, money is only a material object that brings fleeting happiness. Look for an interesting career that pays you enough so that you can support yourself and love what you do.
Before you make that career change, make sure you have everything in order. If you’re thinking about going an entrepreneurial route, save up enough money to support yourself while you get started. If you’re going from one full-time job to another, prepare your resume and start putting yourself out there. A career change can lead to greater happiness and success if you plan it out and take smart steps forward.
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