Changing jobs is a frequent occurrence in today’s economy, but some are saying that for millennials, it has become a routine. One survey even showed that they are expecting about nine different jobs throughout their lives. This has led us to believe that loyalty to one company is a relic of the past, but that is actually not a bad thing. It is better to change jobs, or even change professions entirely, than to spend your days dissatisfied and stressed out in the job you have. There are a few signs to really know when it is time to change jobs.
Your Health Is Suffering
The first and the most important indicator that you need a career change is when your body is telling you something is wrong. If you are constantly feeling exhausted, if you can’t get up from your bed in the morning, and still feel tired when you come home, you need to at least consider that your job is causing that and it might be time to change jobs. Other signs you should keep an eye out for are migraines, anxiety, high blood pressure, and even chronic illness. No job is worth it.
Money Is Not Enough
If all you are looking forward to at your work is the paycheck you are getting at the end of the month, your job is probably bearable. When you stop looking forward to even that, then it is time to give it up. Sure, it pays the bills and it brings food to the table, but is that really enough? It is likely that you will get the same or even a higher salary on a different job you may even enjoy.
Your Passion Faded Away
Most people start their jobs with enthusiasm. They’re willing to learn and do everything in their power to climb the ladder. Sometimes that passion stays with them until they retire. Sometimes it fades away like it never existed. Is the latter happening to you? Maybe you’ve accepted it as something that happens as you grow old, but in fact, this is not age related. You can find your passion again in your 30’s, 40’s, or even later.
You Dream About A Different Career
Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming about doing something entirely different? If that occupation is not something that is totally impossible, such as being an astronaut, why not try it? Starting over doesn’t have to be a scary thing. Finding a new career and proving yourself in that can require enriching your resume with relevant extra curricular activities, not only professional but also the ones that speak about your qualities as a person.
You’re Not Happy
No one starts working with the basic purpose of being happy, but if your job makes you sad and dissatisfied even when you go home, it may affect your personal life too. Consequently, it can make members of your family unhappy too, ruin your relationship with your partner, and estrange you from your friends. Before you know it, it becomes an endless loop of misery.
Your Self-esteem Is Compromised
You hating your job may end in you hating yourself. If you feel ashamed of what you are doing or simply can’t stand it and this is something you are feeling on a regular basis, it is inevitable to associate that job with yourself and start feeling the same about yourself. There is no paycheck in the world that can compensate for lost self-esteem. This is something that will require months or even years of healing and learning to change.
You Are Losing Yourself
Finally, if you can’t recognize yourself, that’s it. Remember who you were ten years ago. What did you want to accomplish? Who did you want to be? Would the 18-year-old you be ashamed of what you’ve become? If you can’t figure that out on your own, ask your closest friends. They are the harshest reality-check you can get.
Leaving your job to pursue a new career is a difficult, but sometimes necessary decision, because there must be a job out there that will make you happy and fulfilled while still enabling you to put food on the table. You just have to dare to look for it and decide that it is the right time to change jobs.
Author Bio: Tracey Clayton is a mom of three girls. She feels she knows a thing or two about raising happy, healthy and confident kids. She’s also passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.
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