A career change rarely happens overnight. In most cases, a growing sense of dread, increased boredom and finally, infuriating frustration culminate in action. If you suspect you might be due for a change in vocation, look out for the following red flags:
1. You’re not learning anything new
If you can’t remember the last time you were challenged, or recall the feeling of trying your hand at something new, you may want to make a move. Why spend your time stagnating when there’s a whole world of new skills waiting for you?
2. Your company culture is toxic
Companies, like people, are ever-evolving. When what was once a peaceful and productive environment turns into a place that’s filled with negativity, or colleagues who’re difficult to work with, and management who feign ignorance, it’s time to look for greener pastures.
3. You’re suffering from burnout
If you feel like you’re spending all of your energy merely trying to stay afloat, take note. One of the telltale sales that you’re in desperate need of a career change is lingering fatigue and mental and emotional exhaustion. No job is worth the sacrifice of your physical or mental health.
4. You take work home with you
All employees work overtime at some point or another, but if you seem to be juggling your emails over dinner, or mulling over a recent workplace drama, it’s time to relook at your career. A work-life balance is crucial for your mental health – and success in the workplace – so if you’re fighting to switch off after work, it might be time to take action.
5. You’ve become a master procrastinator
Everyone procrastinates – but spending the majority of your workday aimlessly scrolling through Facebook and doing anything other than your actual job indicates that something’s amiss. Whether due to boredom or downright unhappiness, if you’ve become a master of procrastination, it might be time to find something else with which to invest your time in.
6. You’ve lost your sense of purpose
Feeling like the work that you do has meaning, or a positive impact is critical. If you can’t recall the last time you felt like this, it’s high time that you found another vocation.
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