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Changing jobs: signs you’re ready for a career change

Changing Jobs

Feeling gloomy at your job? Here are some signs it might be time for a change of career:

Changing jobs | Sign #1: You feel stressed - all the time 

We all feel a little overwhelmed by work from time to time, but if you’re constantly battling work-induced stress, then something’s not right.

That doesn’t mean you necessarily need to leave your job - it might just be a case of addressing the problem with your employer. But it could also mean that your job is no longer right for you. 

Changing jobs | Sign #2: You feel burnt out

If you’re always exhausted by Tuesday evening despite a restful weekend then you might be experiencing burnout.

Workplace burnout can happen for all sorts of reasons, including impossible expectations, a lack of work/life balance, a toxic work environment and information overload. Burnout can cause stress, health problems and even depression. 

Again, identifying the cause of your burnout might help you to address the problem with your employer - but you might prefer to start afresh with a new company.

Changing jobs | Sign #3: You feel negative about work

Find yourself ranting to your partner about an incompetent colleague? Always moaning about your horrible boss? We hate to break it to you, but the problem might not be everyone else…

It’s easy to fall into the trap of negative thinking, but the truth is, dissatisfaction is rarely caused by others alone. If you’re constantly feeling negative about work, it’s a sign to move on to something that you enjoy more.

Changing jobs | Sign #4: You’re always wondering ‘what if?’

Perhaps you always dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. Maybe you daydream about becoming a screenwriter. Whatever it is, if you find yourself always wondering about an alternative career path, then it might be time to give it a go. 

While nothing is certain, and changing careers to pursue something unknown can be a risk, often, following your passions can lead you to exciting, more satisfying places.

Changing jobs | Sign #5: You’re not giving it your all

Find yourself doing your job half-heartedly? Here’s the problem: when you give minimal effort, you get minimal rewards. You can also feel guilty or despondent if you don’t try hard at work.

There’s no need to feel like this. If you feel disengaged from your role, then consider changing to a role where you feel more motivated to perform to your best ability.

Final thoughts

Whether you’re convinced it’s time for a career change or just thinking about changing jobs our eBook ‘The Ultimate Guide to finding a new job’ can offer valuable advice.

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