Signs that You Need a Career Change


You’ve been thinking about a career change, dwelling on the problems at work and feeling stuck and uninspired. But how do you know whether what you’re experiencing is part of the normal ups and downs of work or whether it’s time to move on and find a new job?

Warning signs that you might need to consider a career change:

You feel trapped

Does heading into the office make you feel like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? Feeling trapped is a sign that your job isn’t what you need it to be. Employers who feel trapped might be facing situations with few opportunities for professional development or growth, which can be restricting for long term career potential.

You’re constantly exhausted- both physically and emotionally

Are you feeling tired, heavy and drained of energy? A classic signal that you might need to make some career-changes are physical and mental exhaustion. If you find that your job or your workplace constantly drains you, it might be time to move on.

You’re not being compensated fairly

Money isn’t everything, but it is critical to ensure that you are being paid what you are worth. Wage unhappiness can easily permeate every aspect of your job, creating resentment, lowering the quality of your work and damaging relationships with your boss or co-workers.

In contrast, if you’re only staying at a job you hate because the pay is great, it might also be time to reconsider.

Lack of work-life balance

It’s all work and no play for you these days- your job has taken over your entire life and is damaging relationships with your friends and family. This is a critical sign that something is very wrong and that you should be making changes to create a healthier work-life balance.

It’s critical to remember that there are no one-size-fits all solutions for job uncertainties and problems, but before you take the dive and hand in your notice, take some time to reflect on your work situation and whether you can’t take other steps to change your working environment.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is take a step back and initiate an honest conversation with your boss or supervisor to share your concerns, frustrations and priorities before you make any crucial decisions.

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