How to know if a career change is due

Facing the fact that your career might not be giving you the same motivation and fulfilment that it used to can be difficult; particularly if it’s a job role that you enjoy. There are many reasons that an employee may begin to feel this way, and it’s when these feelings begin to take over productivity levels and happiness that it may be time to consider a career change.

You feel exhausted, bored and apathetic

Perhaps the most obvious physical sign is when you begin to feel constantly exhausted. It’s widely known that the average British person spends 1/3 of their time at work, and if it’s a job that’s causing constant feelings of stress and dread, it’s inevitable that the employee is going to feel defeated. If you find yourself not really interested in new projects, feeling bored and operating on autopilot, it’s highly likely that it’s not just one or two aspects of your job that need addressing; you may need to start thinking about whether a change in career is necessary.

You feel undervalued and underappreciated

If you’re someone who enjoys their job, it can be hard to accept when you feel that your contributions aren’t as valued as they should be. This can lead to feelings of doubt about your own work, which can only have a negative impact on your self-esteem. If you notice that you’re making suggestions that aren’t taken seriously, or you lose confidence in your own work, then it’s time to take a step back and consider whether you’d be appreciated more elsewhere.

You’re not being mentally challenged

Waking up each morning knowing that you’ve got a challenge to tackle is what makes work, for some, more of a stimulating ‘project’ rather than simply a day that they’ve got to push through for a pay check at the end of the month. Employees typically have more fun at a job where they learn something new every day, and are motivated. It’s also useful to think about whether you’re spending most of your time experiencing negative feelings rather than positive ones. If you feel that you’re turning up for work each day carrying out monotonous tasks that don’t bring you joy, it’s time to assess the situation at hand.

If this is the case, ask yourself if you still feel passionate about what you’ve always loved doing. Has the job disconnected you from what you truly enjoy? If so, it’s time to have a look at changing your career to one that can allow you to work with your passions – rather than strip you of them.

No opportunities for progression

Knowing that there’s a possibility to progress to a higher role acts as a strong motivator for some. This gives employees something exciting to work towards, and provides a solid reason to keep going through tougher days. If, however, you find that you’ve been stuck in the same position for two to three years and you can’t see any room for advancement, it’s time to talk to your employer about your options.

You’re in an unhealthy environment

If you love your job role but you’re dealing with a toxic employer or working environment, you’re ultimately putting your mental health at risk by staying there.

If you’re unsure about whether you think a change in career would be best for you, click here to speak to one of our HR advisers.

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