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Nine Signs You Need a New Career

September 9, 2015 Jonny Lilley


Do you think your career will last for life? Would you want it to? For most people the answer to these questions is a resounding no! Almost all of us will not only change job during our lifetime, but we’ll change career too. It’s estimated that we may change career as often as five to seven times during our working lives.

A career change may be thrust upon you. Interestingly, huge numbers of us are actively choosing to switch careers. Would you? Would you choose to move career? You might want to make a move due to practical reasons: because you don’t earn enough money in your current field or because it no longer fits your priorities. Alternatively, some people change career because their interests have changed or they want to develop new skills.

Whatever your reasons, changing career is much easier today than it has been in the past. It can even be exciting!

We’ve put together nine warning signs that indicate you may want to look into new career alternatives.

1. You’re bored

How do you spend your hours at your desk? If you’re constantly clock-watching and twiddling your thumbs, it sounds like you’ve lost interest in what you’re doing. Boredom can be a key sign that it’s time to move on.

2. You’d rather be anywhere else

Most of us have days when we’d rather not be working… but if this has turned into every day for you, you might have a problem. Next time you find yourself fantasising about what you could be doing with time off, try thinking about what kind of work you’d rather be doing instead.

3. You’re losing sleep

Interrupted sleep is often an indicator of stress and anxiety. However much you think you’re in the right job, if you’re losing sleep over it there’s a good chance it’s not for you after all!

4. Your friends are sick of talking about your job

When you start talking about your job, do your friends and family members glaze over? If so, it could be that you’ve been moaning about it far more than you realise.

5. You’re struggling to balance childcare and family time

Life changes when you have a family. A career that you loved pre-children might not hold quite the same appeal afterwards. If it’s becoming a real struggle to balance your career with your family, a career change could provide some relief.

6. You’re feeling physically run down

Ongoing stress can result in physical symptoms. If you’ve been suffering from low energy, headaches, frequent colds, aches and pains, or an upset stomach, it could be because your job is literally making you ill.

7. You’re not getting as much done at work as you used to

Has your productivity taken a nose dive? If so, this could be a sign that you’ve lost motivation and enthusiasm for what you do.

8. You’ve stopped learning

When was the last time you learnt something new during the working day? If it’s been a while, you might want to ask yourself whether your job is still challenging you.

9. You’re not being promoted

How long has it been since your last promotion? If it’s been more than a couple of years, it might be time to take stock of why that is. Sometimes this is because you’ve climbed as far as you can go in your current career. Other times it’s because you’ve lost enthusiasm for your role and your employers have realised this before you have.

Does any of this strike a chord? If so, we’ve got plenty of further reading for you. Take a look at our full collection of blog posts on career changes.

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