Everyone experiences some amount of work-related frustration. But how do you tell when that frustration is serious enough to merit a career change? Here are some important questions you can ask yourself.
Are you always exhausted?
You can be exhausted for legitimate medical reasons or simply because you’re spending so many hours on work, even if it’s work that you enjoy. However, you can also find yourself feeling exhausted when you aren’t pulling long hours at the office and when there isn’t an underlying medical issue. If that’s the case, then you definitely need to look at your job as the possible culprit. If your job is so terrible for you that it’s making a negative impact on your life, then you really
Does your salary no longer make up for your job?
Although you may be hesitant to change careers because you have a regular income in your current career and don’t know what your next career might bring, at some point your hatred of your job may make it worthwhile to take a risk and switch.
Does it bother you that your career doesn’t have impact?
Some people are okay with not feeling like their career has impact, but for many people that’s a very important aspect of work. If your career doesn’t have the impact you’d like – or, even worse, if you feel that the impact is negative – then you might want to consider a career change. Feeling that your job has an impact can be a big part of job satisfaction for many people, so for some people it can have a huge effect on your level of happiness.
Does it just feel wrong?
This can be a pretty nebulous question to evaluate, but sometimes you’ll know that you’re in the wrong career because you feel like you’ve done everything right, done everything that you were supposed to, and maybe even ended up where you thought you wanted to – but now that you’re there, it all just feels wrong.
Do you feel like your thinking is out of sync?
You may not necessarily like your coworkers or bosses as people, but you should feel like your patterns of thought are compatible. If your way of approaching problems is completely different from everyone else’s, that can be a valuable skill, but if it isn’t appreciated it can just make your job experience miserable. It’s not uncommon to dislike your coworkers, but you should at least be able to work with them and communicate effectively.