Career transitions are not easy leaps to take. No matter how long you have worked and struggled in your current position, it is never easy to leave for the unknown. However, career transitions can also be necessary to reach your full potential and to find professional fulfillment.
If you’re not quite sure whether you’re ready to make a change, keep reading for 5 signs that you might be more ready than you think.
1. You’re Exhausted
When you’re working hard, it is normal to be tired at the end of the day. It’s when that exhaustion starts when you drag yourself from bed and doesn’t abate until the weekend that you need to start thinking about a change. A few tired days a year is normal, but if every day is a slog that it takes all your energy just to get through, it could be that your career has lost its luster for you.
Before jumping ship, be sure to assess the causes of your exhaustion. For example, if you just got a new manager who you cannot tolerate or if you bought a house that made your commute twice as long, it might not be your job that’s the pain point. But if everything is the same and you’re still feeling impossibly tired, a career transition may be in order.
2. You’ve Stagnated
Opportunities for growth are critical for career fulfillment. Unfortunately, even when you are promised growth at your first interview, you may not see those opportunities materialize. Indeed, some managers make it clear early on that you will never advance beyond a certain level and may never have the autonomy you crave. If you have stagnated in your current position, it may be time to consider moving on to a career that will allow for unlimited, self-directed growth.
3. You Get Jealous
You might believe that in an ideal world, we would never feel jealous about what someone else has. But the truth is that jealousy can act as an important gut check in career transitions. If you find yourself feeling jealous every time you encounter someone that is pursuing a certain career path, it might be time for a change. For example, if you meet a coffee shop owner and suddenly feel a deep despair about your career path, it might be time to explore something new.
4. Money Is Your Only Reward
We have all heard someone say derisively that their favorite musician is “only in it for the money” when they release their latest album of Christmas songs. Of course, money is important when we make career choices, but it should not be the only thing that drives you to get up in the morning. You spend a huge percentage of your life at work, and you want that work to make a difference. If paying your bills is the only reason you go to work, it might be time for a change.
5. You Just Don’t Care
Feeling apathetic about how you spend (at least) 8 hours a day every day is not sustainable. If you once found passion and purpose in your job and now you just try to get to the end of the day without really caring about what you put out into the world, it might just be time to consider leaving corporate America.
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