We’ve all been there. We’re scrolling through our Facebook feed or flipping through channels and we see someone living their best life. They’re doing what they love and they get to wake up each day and do something that makes them happy.
We can’t help but feel a twinge of jealousy. Surely, if they can do it, why can’t we? That’s when the wheels start turning and we begin to wonder if maybe, just maybe, it’s time for a change.
Before you quit your job and jump into something new, it’s important to make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons. A career change is a big decision and it’s not one that should be taken lightly. Here are four things to consider before making the switch:
1. Are you honestly unhappy in your current role?
This is the first and most important question to ask yourself. It’s normal to have days (or even weeks) where you’re feeling less than motivated but if the negative outweighs the positive on a regular basis, it might be time for a change.
If you’re finding that you no longer enjoy going to work or if you dread getting out of bed in the morning, those are signs that your current career isn’t the right fit. Is money still a main priority? If so, this may be affecting your satisfaction levels as well. Of course, there are always going to be aspects of our jobs that we don’t love but if you can’t think of anything good to say about your career, it might be time for a change.
2. Have you hit a glass ceiling?
Have you been in your role for a while and find that you’re no longer being challenged? If you’re no longer learning or growing in your position, it might be time to move on. A career should offer both challenge and opportunity for growth. If yours isn’t doing that anymore, it might be time to start looking elsewhere.
3. Do you no longer align with the company’s values?
When you first started working at your company, chances are that you were drawn to their values and mission statement. Over time, companies can change and sometimes those changes might not align with your personal values anymore. If that’s the case, it could be time for a move.
4. Do you feel like you could earn more money in another line of work? And do you want to earn more money?
Finally, if you want to earn more money, changing careers might be the best way to do it. Of course, money isn’t everything – but financial stability is important, and if changing careers can help you achieve that, you might have your answer right there.
Making the decision to switch careers is never easy
Making a career change is a big decision and it’s one that shouldn’t be taken lightly – there are a lot of factors to consider before taking the plunge. However, if you find yourself constantly wishing you were doing something else or if you’re unhappy in your current role, those are signs that a change might be right for you. Trust your gut and do what feels right for you. Best of luck!
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