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Is it Time You Made a Career Change?

April 27, 2015 Jonny Lilley

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How do you feel when you wake up on a Monday morning? Positive? Excited? Productive? How does it make you feel to be told that some people feel consistently enthusiastic about the start of the working week? If you’re the opposite, it might be because you’re in the wrong job.

You wouldn’t be alone if you were. 22% of the UK workforce say they are not satisfied with their work, which accounts for 1 in 5 people. If that’s you have you thought about why you’re unhappy?

There are a lot of factors involved in how happy you are with your job. Salary can be one indicator, but it’s not the biggest. In fact, surveys show that the group of people happiest with their jobs in the UK are the clergy and they generally earn around £20k per year, which is far less than many who say they aren’t satisfied. Other factors that can play a role in job satisfaction are:

  • How challenging your work is
  • How well you get on with your colleagues
  • How valued you feel
  • How well your skills are being used
  • The perks and benefits your employer offers
  • How well you fit into your work environment
  • Whether you’re working towards targets and goals
  • How much control you have over your work
  • Whether you are thanked for doing a good job

How you feel on a Monday morning can give you a very good indication of how you feel about your current career, but there are plenty of other warning signs to look out for too. If you think you may be in the wrong role, ask yourself:

  • Are you getting stressed out about unimportant things?
  • Do you feel lethargic at work?
  • Is there a clear next step that you’re working towards?
  • What do you say about work when you talk about it with family and friends?
  • Is there any part of your job that excites you?
  • Does time seem to go slower when you’re at work?
  • Is there something you’d rather be doing?
  • Do you have skills that you wish you were able to use?

These kind of questions can help you to get to the bottom of how you feel about your job. If your answers are negative or unsure, it might be time to think about how you could approach a career change.

Career changes are much more common than they used to be, even when they happen later on in life. Many people like you have decided that it’s worth going through short term disruption to gain a career that suits them better. Some people give up their job to pursue a career they’ve always dreamed of. Others decide to take a risk and follow a new passion. Whatever direction you decide to move in, making a career change can be a fabulous investment in your future happiness.

If you’re reading this and feeling glum about your current job, perhaps it is time you made a career change. Why not start by downloading our free report and consider what we could offer you?

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