Telltale Signs You Need a Career Shift
The hiring manager asked you "Do you see yourself doing this for the rest of your life?" It was an interview so your instinctive response went along the lines of "Yes!" or "Why Not?" You convinced yourself that you meant it, but after a couple of years, you realized that you had already lost your passion for the job. Alongside the tragic demise of your zeal, you could see the company struggling and feel your colleagues talking behind your back non stop. In the middle of all this, as you nursed a beer at the local bar, all by your lonesome, you thought, "I could do this better." And so you decided to start your own business.
The most common misconception about career changes is they're just all about switching jobs. A career, in the strictest sense, is a series of progressions and activities, whether professional or not, that you make throughout your life. This means that a career change is also about changing the course of your life. Realizing this, you need to be careful with your decisions if you're thinking about taking a new leap of faith. Here are some things to consider.
Your Body Suggests It
Passion is not enough to propel you forward. You will have to consider your well-being. Now, if you've been constantly visiting a psychiatrist or suffering from chronic illness because of your job, it will be wise to change paths even if you're madly in love with it. Think it's hard? Think about the professional athletes who shifted gears because their body couldn't keep up anymore.
You're Too Smart
You're too smart that you've outgrown your job. This is one of the most viable reasons you need to change what you're doing. You've gained a lot of experience that there's not much room to grow anymore. If you believe you're up for more challenges and your organization can't give you one anymore, then it's time to find your way to the door.
You Envy Your College Pals
Every time you meet with your college barkada, you can't help but feel a tinge of envy towards your mate who has been travelling around the continent because of his job. Each meet-up always involves exciting stories, and you fear that your envy is becoming obsessive. At work, you engage in a series of pipe dreams about working for a company that will send you abroad. If you're chronically thinking about doing what your friends do for a living, you might as well consider leaving your trade and pursue an endeavor that will make you happy. Envy, at times, may be an indication to maneuver your career, but be careful with it, as it usually leads to wrong decisions.
You've Changed a Lot... for the Worse
Consider this situation: you're known for your relaxed and surfer dude vibe. But the culture and the demands in the workplace have somewhat rendered you mean-spirited and ill-humored. Certain points in your career will make a lot of changes in you, and they're supposed to be for the better. But if it's the other way around, that's when you should consider leaving. Don't wait for the time when family and friends have to tell you that this isn't everything you are.
There's one thing about careers. You will only realize what you want after a series of trials and errors. The process of finding your calling usually includes a lot of scenarios, some of which may only happen in your head, such as trying odd jobs, kicking your boss over the penthouse railing, and thinking of running away. Regardless of your case, do your best to find the bliss in what you're doing and finalize your decision to make the switch when everything is obviously beyond repair.