Top 5 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change

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By Lisa Hutchinson

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Top 5 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change.jpgWhen you wake up in the morning, do you immediately start thinking of possible excuses to stay home? Does going to work seem like a chore? If the answer is yes, it might be time for you to consider a career change.

There are a multitude of reasons people commit to one job for several years. For example, the pay is great and they don’t want to risk losing that. However, would you rather stay in a job that pays well but doesn’t motivate you, or would you rather do work that you love?

Remaining in a position that makes you unhappy can take a toll on your physical and mental health. A high salary cannot compensate for this. It really is important to be content with your work.

Let’s look over a few reasons that may indicate it’s time for a career change.

1. Monotonous Work

When anyone describes the work they do as monotonous, this could be a diplomatic way of saying the work is boring. You might find yourself getting comfortable with a certain routine. This, however, should not carry on for years and years if it feels burdensome. Do not allow yourself to be content with mediocrity.

If the work you are doing is consistently the same, this can decrease your motivation to excel. This is not to say that everything can and will be exciting all the time, but it helps to have some diversity in your role. You can then use that diversity for future positions. With employers, you want to be able to show flexibility with skills.

2. Not Challenging Enough

To the previous point about complacency with mediocrity, if you find that your talents are not being effectively utilized in your current position, this is another clear indicator that a career change may work to your benefit.

In order to stay motivated, you should keep challenging yourself. Don’t waste your potential. If you have a certain passion, strive to be in a workplace that drives that passion. Discontent with your job will leave both the employer and employee feeling unsatisfied.

3. No Opportunity for Promotion

If you find yourself floating along and stagnant in one position with no likelihood of advancement, then it could be time to look into a career change.

If you have a vision for yourself, strive to work towards it. Try not to lose your drive. Don’t allow your talents to be harboured in any position.

4. A Hostile Work Environment

There might be several causes to your exhaustion, and exhaustion could be both mental and physical.

One cause could be your work environment. If you sense animosity from your boss or coworkers, remove yourself from that environment. It is never worth it to remain in a space where you feel disrespected.

5. Increased Stress Levels

In addition to feeling exhausted, if you’re constantly sick, the reason could be a heightened level of stress with your job. If this is the case, it should drive you to look into a career change.

An over-demanding boss could also be a cause of your stress. Although showing flexibility is an asset, you don’t want to passively take on more than you can handle. You should feel confident asserting yourself and speaking about issues with your supervisors.

Furthermore, discontentment with your job can also alter your moods, which can further take a toll on your personal life. This chain effect is something you don’t want to have to deal with.

Pay attention to your body and don’t ignore instinct. If your dissatisfaction with work is becoming debilitating, assess all aspects of your job and figure out where the change needs to happen. Then, take charge of your career and make that change.


Lisa Hutchinson

I started with Liberty Staffing in 2004 as the Regional Business Manager of the London office. I have over 20 years of experience in the customer service and retail sectors, as well as leadership experience including Store Management, People Development and Recruiting. In 2016, our London location moved to a larger office in order to accommodate growth of our business, which included adding a Clerical Division.

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