Career change is often times one of the most difficult decisions. As youngsters, we get so caught up in the excitement of preparing for college that we may not have carefully thought through the career that would really be a good fit for our passions and interests. On the flip side, we may have worked diligently towards a career we thought was the right fit, but it actually wasn’t. Both realities entrap us in a mundane existence where the drudgery of going to work each day brings immense dissatisfaction. Finding yourself trapped in this situation makes career change inevitable.
Misguided planning in our youth is often the foundation for job dissatisfaction and a burning desire for a career change. However, it isn’t the only reason. Here are 3 clear signs that you should change careers and what you should do about them.
Work Is Just a Pay Check
Baby Boomers were raised on the principle of finding a job, whatever that might be, and staying in it for life. Screw passion. However, members of the Millennial and Generation Z generations have a completely different perception of what work should be. We’re fixated on finding a career that ignites a fire within us. This career should be something that we want to do at any time of the day; something that consumes our focus and that we’ll want to work hard for despite the obstacles that may block our path.
Work is more than a paycheck. If you find yourself viewing it solely as a way to earn money, it’s possibly time for a career change. Our team at Intuitive Professional Coaching can help you ask the right questions that direct you towards your passion and the best next steps to take for transitioning into a new career.
The Little Things Drive You Crazy
Note that there’s a difference between changing jobs and changing careers. Your boss and coworkers may drive you crazy, but this isn’t necessarily a sign that you should change careers. A clear sign that a career change is necessary is when every little detail about the job unnerves you. The simplest task will cause you to tear out your hair in frustration or count down the hours until the end of the workday every day.
Living with this level of unhappiness is bad for your holistic wellness. It often leads to depression, poor eating habits, heart attacks, and even strokes. It isn’t worth it! The Intuitive Professional Coaching team can help you clearly identify everything you’re nitpicking about and determine if these issues are a sign for a job change or a career change.
You may think that you’re going through a mid-life crisis (you probably are…buying that sleek sport’s car and profiling as the hottest dude or girl in town at 45 isn’t necessarily the norm for your age). However, it is possible that you’ve hit a plateau in your career with no signs of climbing any further towards a peak. You’ve worked diligently and been promoted a few times, but you feel like you can give so much more.
There may be another career that allows you to use your skills in a way that excites you. For instance, you may be a mid-level HR manager with superb planning and organization skills. Friends are quick to call you when they need to pull off a spectacular event. Event planning excites you far more than dealing with HR issues. Therefore, it may be time for a career change because there’s so much more than you can offer as an event planner.
Should I Change Careers?
The best way to determine whether you should change careers is to speak with a life coach. Contrary to popular belief, life coaches aren’t overrated. The life coach at Intuitive Professional Coaching care about your success and will take the time to help you figure out the best path for your life. As Millennials say, You Only Live Once (YOLO). Make your life count!
If you’re stuck, experiencing challenges or roadblocks in your quest for changing careers, click here to schedule a free Discovery session with Coach Margaret.
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