5 Signs it’s Time for a Career Change

Battling with burn-out or finding yourself jealous of your friends who love their jobs? Here are five sure-fire signs that it’s time for a career change.

The notion of switching career paths and working your way up from the bottom once again is enough to strike fear in the hearts of even the most experienced professionals. But as daunting as it may sound, it’s actually quite common. In fact, new research from the United States Department of Labour (DOL) shows that most people will undergo a career change at least three times within their lifetime.

So, if you’re feeling dissatisfied or disillusioned within your industry, you’re in search of a new challenge, or you’re keen to improve your financial situation, you shouldn’t let concerns about failure hold you back from making some changes! Here are five sure-fire signs that it’s time to go for it.

  1. You’re unhappy

According to job portal, JobCrystal, over half of the South African workforce is ‘miserable’ or ‘frustrated’ in their current position. Every job comes with its stress and frustrations, but if you find yourself feeling unhappy, over-worked and close to burn-out the majority of the time, it’s a sign that something needs to change. Considering that most of us spend a minimum of 40 hours a week at work (and will spend around 90 000 hours there in total over the years), if it’s a source of unhappiness, it’s going to start affecting all other aspects of your life as well.

  1. You’ve stagnated

If there’s no room for progress in your current line of work, or you find yourself doing the same menial tasks day after day, none of which are bringing you any kind of satisfaction or fulfilment, a career change may be the solution to getting motivated once again.

  1. There’s something else you’d rather be doing

While we can’t all be lucky enough to love our jobs, it’s important that we enjoy certain aspects of it at the very least. If, no matter what you’re doing at work, there’s always somewhere else you’d rather be or something else you’d rather be doing, it’s a good indication that it’s time to move on.

  1. Your self-esteem is low

How you feel about your job and the people who you work with can have a massive effect on how you feel about yourself in general. If you notice that work-related matters are impacting your self-esteem, you need to do something about it. A complete career change isn’t always necessary in these instances, however. It might be a case of simply communicating better with your boss or co-workers, or moving to a new company.

  1. You’re jealous

According to the South African Social Attitudes Survey, the most important thing for most South Africans is job security, and it’s this reason why many of us are staying at a job that we simply don’t love or even enjoy. If you experience ‘job envy’ or are jealous of people who do love their jobs, it’s a sign that you’re probably not doing what you want to be doing. Is job security really worth the job dissatisfaction that accompanies it?

As long as you plan properly from a financial perspective and make 100% certain that a career change is, in fact, the best course of action for you, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work out in your favour. Here’s to a new job, a new career and a new purpose!

Sources:

https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-surefire-signs-its-time-for-a-career-change

http://www.hsrc.ac.za/uploads/pageContent/1607/South%20Africans%20At%20Work.pdf

https://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/22/46989.html

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-often-do-people-change-careers-3969407

http://www.careers-advice-online.com/career-change-statistics.html

https://careeradvice.careers24.com/career-advice/work-life/how-to-make-a-career-change-at-an-advanced-age-20151016

https://www.iafrica.com/thinking-of-making-a-career-change-make-sure-you-plan-for-it-financially/ https://www.careertoolbelt.com/6-signs-its-time-for-a-career-change/

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