When we start college or university, we do not always know what we want to be. Often it takes degrees and many years of work before we finally work out what it is that we want to do with our life. It takes time, and it involves a degree of risk, but everyone deserves to love their job, including you.
So, if you are torn between staying in your current job and feeling dissatisfied, or taking the risk and trying something new, here are some of the signs you need to look out for to give you the push that you need.
Are you bored with your job?
No job is full of excitement and wonders all of the time, and the odd spell of boredom is certainly not a sign to ditch the job. However, if you are continually apathetic and bored and generally feeling a bit ‘meh’ about your current job, it may be time to look elsewhere. It does not mean a whole new career change though. Sometimes, it just needs something a little more challenging. If you have recently graduated as a teacher, maybe you could look at working for Teach for America, for example.
Are you lacking in passion for your job?
Your career should excite you. While it is unreasonable and unrealistic to expect anyone to bound into work every single day full of the joys and excitement, if you do not feel any passion towards what you do day in, day out, then it might just be time to look for something else. After all, you spend around eight hours a day, five days a week doing it – you have to like it most of the time!
Look for a job that you feel passionate about and that ignites a spark inside of you. Your job, while obviously paying a salary, should also bring some meaning to your life. It is possible to find a job that pays you what you need while making you happy.
Do you feel valued in your job?
While your obvious reward is your salary, you should also feel valued and appreciated in your job. After all, you work hard and that should be recognized. Of course, talking to your boss is something that you do initially if you feel undervalued, but if it is something that does not change, it might be time to look for something new.
Do you feel like your needs are being met?
The values of the company for which you work should be compatible with your own.
If you believe that your values do not align with those of your employer and that you are not receiving what you require in terms of advancement or opportunities, you must be open about this. It can be disheartening to work for a company that you know does not take an interest in what you need, and this can be a career make or break point for many people.
Is it time for you to look for a new job?