3 Signs It May Be Time For A Career Change
We spend up to and over eight hours a day, five days a week working, so our satisfaction with our job and career can significantly impact our overall happiness. If we love our career and its trajectory, we can find ourselves full of passion and drive. But if we don’t, we can be left feeling unmotivated, dispirited and stuck.
When we change occupation, it often involves taking a new opportunity and seeing if it will work for us. We never know exactly whether we will love it, but more often than not, the leap of faith pays off. If you find yourself dreaming of new opportunities and wondering when the right time is to contemplate a change, consider the below points.
You’ve lost your passion
For many, the thought of embarking on a new professional journey has been on their mind for some time. If you find yourself staying in your current job just for stability, if you daydream about a different career path, or find yourself unhappy or stressed – these are all valid signs you’re not passionate about your job or field! When we don’t feel passionate and fulfilled in our current jobs, it leaves us wondering what else is out there. If this sounds familiar, now may be the time to pursue the opportunities that you’ve been dreaming of.
You’ve stopped learning
No matter how settled and content we may be in our chosen careers, we should never be content with the knowledge we have. If your field is not evolving, and you’re no longer learning anything new, you may be inclined to consider a new goal, whether that be in the form of a qualification, new role or change in career path. When we embark on a change, we challenge ourselves to grow, and a key component to personal growth is new knowledge. Many career changes may require or benefit from a particular qualification, such as a Master’s or Bachelor degree specialising in the discipline or area. If you’re considering how a qualification could help you take the first step towards your new career, start considering your options now so that you can reach your goals sooner.
You’re no longer challenged
Personal development author and lecturer Dan Millman said, “Think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.” Often, it’s the right time to change career when we feel like we’ve done everything we can in our current job. We no longer feel challenged or that there may be scope for further growth, it could be time to move on. Seize the day before it is too late, there is no better time than the present.
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Can you relate to any of the above points? For many, moving out of their comfort zone and chasing their dreams is not easy, but you have to start somewhere. I’d love to hear of any other indicators that it may be time for a career change, particularly from those who have made the change themselves. Comment your views below and join the conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.