Here’s how to tell whether your career path is right for you, or if you should be moving on.
Have you ever wondered whether you’re on the right career path? If you have, you’re not alone. It would appear that career discontent is omnipresent, particularly across European countries. More than half of British employees admit that they’d rather be in another career. Other statistics reveal that two-thirds of workers under thirty believe that they haven’t yet found the right career for them and 57% of students do not have a concrete idea plans after graduation.
Despite this, many feel unable to leave their current jobs, even if they are certain the position isn’t right for them. This reluctance is understandable to an extent. Change can be difficult. Career transitioning can be a time of uncertainty and instability. It’s not an easy process, but change can ultimately be rewarding. It can lead to personal growth, contentment and a general satisfaction that is well worth taking a risk for. After all, if your job really isn’t right for you, it’s better to know and to act now, than to waste years in unfulfilling roles which will only result in disengaged performance.
Any career consultant worth their salt will advise you to carefully consider your next steps. You need to be fully prepared and certain that you’re willing to shake up your career trajectory. Before making your decision, read the warning signs below to determine whether or not you’re ready to move on.
1. As soon as you get to work, you dream of being home
This is a sure sign of career apathy. If you’re less than eager to get to work and the only ideas that make you happy are evenings, weekends and holidays, your heart clearly isn’t in your work. Consider whether you’re constantly complaining about the office once you get home. These aren’t actions and expressions of a content employee. Rather, it’s a clear indication that your situation isn’t working for you. Life is too short to waste some of it in a career that doesn’t excite you.
2. You don’t feel that you’re using your full potential
A 2016 study carried out by the Office for National Statistics indicates that employee engagement and job satisfaction are both strongly linked to the employee’s ability to use their existing skills. If you never get the opportunity to spread your wings, you’re far better off finding work elsewhere, in a company that challenges you and offers prospects for advancement.
3. You’re constantly stressed
Alternatively, you may feel underqualified for your position. Do you feel constantly overwhelmed with your workload, or incapable of completing your tasks to standard? Perhaps you haven’t been given sufficient development support or your management has unrealistic expectations. This will all lead to high levels of stress. If you can’t deal with the pressure and you aren’t getting excited about your responsibilities, there is no harm admitting that your career is the wrong fit for you at this time. Employees should keep in mind that stress resulting from being overworked can lead to a myriad of health problems, including exhaustion, headaches, depression, anxiety and high blood pressure.
4. You rarely (if ever) feel a sense of achievement
For many, the leading factor driving job satisfaction is a sense of achievement. For this reason, it is integral to determine whether you get a feeling of pride from your current career. When was the last time you went home wanting to boast about something you accomplished at work? Do you feel like you’re working as part of a well-functioning team? Is your job providing you with a sense of purpose? Nobody can feel euphoric all the time, but if you can’t remember the last time you felt a sense of achievement from your work, this is a clear indicator that you’re in the wrong field.
5. You’re jealous of your friends’ career paths
If your friend gets an exciting new job and rather than feeling thrilled, you’re filled with a sense of jealousy, question why this is. It might be because you’re remaining in your current career for the security and stability, despite the fact you aren’t getting any genuine enjoyment from it anymore. It isn’t easy to watch someone else start a new journey when you feel unable to take a step in the right direction. You might feel trapped, but there is a whole world of opportunity open to you. If you’re making the decision to stick with your current career solely for the security, you might need to reassess your priorities and consider what else you’re capable of achieving.
How a career consultant can help with career transitioning
If you’re certain that you want to make a change in your career, then a career consultant can certainly assist with career transitioning. These professionals are experienced experts when it comes to career reinvention. They have assessment tools to help you get oriented towards roles that would fit you best. They also have skills when it comes to CV construction and navigating the tricky area of recruitment. A career consultant can be a reassuring figure to offer support, advice and assistance when it comes to searching for roles or developing relevant skills. They’re there to help you on your way to finding the job of your dreams.
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