5 Ways to tell if you Need a Career Change

The world of work can be a daunting thing. When you choose a career, it’s like almost committing to buying a house or choosing a partner – you’re in it for the long haul.
In fact, the average person spends around 30% of their lifetime at work.
Gaining a career doesn’t happen overnight – it takes a lot of trial and error before you know you’re steering yourself along the right path.
If you’re reading this and feeling frustrated at work, it might be time to make a change. It could be that you’re unhappy in your current role, or it could be that you want to change industries entirely. The first step to enlightenment is to identify the signs. Let’s see what they are…

Constant fatigue and deflation

Stress and negativity affect the body in mysterious ways. If you constantly feel tired, rundown, deflated, and on the brink of illness, it’s likely that your job has something to do with it. It could be the nature of the job you’r
e doing each day or a toxic office environment that’s bringing you down, but if you’re unhappy in your work, your body will tell you by making you feel like you’re constantly running at half capacity. If you feel this way, it’s probably time to think about jumping ship in pursuit of greener pastures.

Total apathy

Whether a high rolling exec or an office junior, most people like to chew the fat either during or after a hard day’s work. If you find that you have little opinion on the work you’re doing, the future of your department, your work’s social calendar, or anything else for that matter; you’re obviously suffering from a clear lack of passion. Most people feel strongly about elements of their job, but if you’re continually on autopilot or going through the motions, you might want to consider doing something that might actually make you tick.

Good choices coupled with poor outcomes

If you’ve drifted along your current career path for a while, ticking all the right boxes, making the right decisions, and doing everything that’s asked of you, but the outcome isn’t what you expected – or it turns out to be outright anticlimactic – perhaps it’s not where you’re supposed to be. It could be that your relationship with your current career has run its course or maybe it’s because it wasn’t for you in the first place. Either way, it’s time to take stock, and take action.

Feeling undervalued

According to a recent study, 69% of workers say they would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognized.

An overwhelming feeling undervalued is a surefire way to stunt motivation. Often this has something to do with your employer, but if you are praised for your work and incentivised, and you still feel that your talents are being wasted, you could be in the wrong career completely. Take a look at how you’re feeling undervalued and if it boils down to the fact that you just don’t feel fulfilled by your role and you’re projecting that negative energy into feeling underappreciated, positive changes are a must.

An ugly sense of jealousy

All of us get attacked by the green eyed monster once in a while, we’re only human after all. But, if you find yourself in a chronic state of jealousy as your friends and family talk about their careers, it’s most likely that you’re unsatisfied with yours. The best thing to do is identify what specifically triggers your jealousy – is it a particular job role or specific industry perk? By finding out where your source of resentment comes from, you might be one step closer to figuring out what you want to do regarding your career.

Being happy, or at least content at work is essential, and the only way of doing so is by picking the right career. If any of the above signs apply to you, don’t panic – at least you know you need to make a change. The next step is figuring out what you want to do – and that’s the fun part.

See how our Founder, Zeynep Saka took the leap of faith and made the transition from corporate career to entrepreneurial startup. Like her, you can try and test the water with a new direction by simply offering your time and expertise to SME’s or exciting startups. This is a great way to figure out where your strengths lie and if indeed that grass really is greener on the other side. Check out the New Shifts Platform today to see what opportunities are available and find your perfect match!