Do you ever find yourself saying “I need a career change “, or dreading Monday mornings?
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It’s surprising to hear just how many people openly say they dislike their job, whether it’s because of the people they’re working with, the duties involved or the fulfilment they get from it on a day-to-day basis.
Does this sound like you?
Is every morning a chore, especially Monday mornings? Do you see your day as a waste of time, and the only light part of your day is “home-time”, with the nights only providing a brief intermission before the next day seeps more of your soul away? There’s no two ways about it: you probably need a new challenge!
This isn’t a bad reflection on you — on the contrary, it takes courage to push yourself out of autopilot and accept that you need this change.
So, how do you know you need a career change ?
Here are our 5 top signs you need a career change
1. You Dread Monday Mornings
Truthfully, Monday morning blues have a tendency to start on Sunday. As the last hours of the weekend come to an end, that feeling of dread surges up in the pit of your stomach in negative anticipation of the next day. Whether you like your job or not, Mondays are typically the roughest time of the week because you’ve been thrown off your regular routine for a few days and it’s time to dive back in.
The best thing you can do is to stop dreading Monday mornings. Being unhappy is not going to help you reach your future goals. It actually tends to be a setback for you achieving the life that you want.
If you dread Monday mornings you clearly don’t enjoy your work week and have negative associations to work. A career you enjoy, should make it feel like you don’t work, you just busy doing the things you love.
Sometimes, dreading Monday mornings is just a mindset-thing, the career might be everything you ever wanted , but just feel a little lack-lustre. If this is the case, keep reminding yourself what you love about your career, and never stop seeking a new challenge within your role.
2. You’re chronically exhausted
If you’re experiencing exhaustion or any stress-related illness, you should probably already be looking at whether your job is right for you. When most of your time is spent working, or resting in an effort to be fresh for work, you get very little chance to escape the cycle.
Your body is trying to tell you what you mind will not accept: it’s time for a change. It could be that a specific part of your job or a particular co-worker is having this effect on you, regardless of the reason, your body is giving you a warning sign. Listen to these signs and find a career that you enjoy. Looking for ales stressful career doesn’t need to be a down-grade in pay or challenge level. Research shows that if you enjoy your job and receive constant intrinsic (and extrinsic) rewards then stressors become reframed as challenges. Headaches become re-framed as breakthroughs; and “end of the world” moments are merely considered a hurdle, and an opportunity to learn.
3. Your work isn’t “you”
You can be very good at something and yet detest every moment you spend doing it. If your job requires you to have responsibilities you aren’t comfortable with, or you need to use skills that make you feel ill at ease, then it could be considering a change. There are 6 core human values, we all prioritise these values in a different hierarchy, they are:
- # Certainty (or security)
- # Uncertainty (Variety, risk)
- # Significance (being the best)
- # Love (or connection, friends, family, relationships with co-workers and clients)
- # Contribution (to give)
- # Growth (to continually challenge and adapt)
A career is really important as it can meet all of your value requirements, some jobs are very secure with lots of growth, and others focus on connection to clients and contribution. Whatever career you chose think about what are your core values, and what would you like from a career in order to meet and fulfil these needs.
Your career or profession can also be your identity – and an identity should always reflect your main core values. For example, have you ever noticed that when someone retires, a little piece of passion and identity goes with them – they are no longer fulfilling some of their core values – and usually they will find this elsewhere.
This is the same for you, if you are in a career that is really target and competitively driven (significance), as well as being on commission for this (Risk= uncertainty). Then this will be a really uncomfortable an un-motivating job for you if you truly value security of a set income and love a sociable atmosphere and supporting clients (Love). Think about what your current role offers you…
4. Your salary can’t compensate for your unhappiness
Perhaps you’ve been saying you would leave the job that’s making you so unhappy if it wasn’t for the money it pays. Yes, it’s important to have an income you can live on and that gives you a lifestyle you are used to, but above that, you need to think about whether another career could make you so happy the disposable income no longer matters.
I always think of the parable of the fisherman and the businessman that a colleague told me about; if you’re only thinking about money for the sake of money, it might be time to think about things for the sake of happiness instead.
If money is still part of your main objective, when searching for a job, place a stake in the ground, pick an income you wish to earn and brainstorm all of the ways you can make that amount. I bet there are more solutions out there then you first though, hey you may even enjoy them too – all you have to do is apply a little thought and attention.
5. You feel your time and talents are being wasted
If you find yourself sitting at your desk, staring at a computer screen and thinking, “there’s got to be more than this,” then without a doubt, there is more for you.
I remember hearing about a fairly high up and well-respected consultant who left his job in the city and went to work in a zoo. This might not be the change for you, but he maintained that it was for him. While all of his friends feared he was having a mid-life crisis, he simply organized his priorities and sought out a job that made him feel like he was having more of an impact. This comes back to your core values.
Also, your talent is really important and should be valued. Within your current job, keep using your desire to strive for better within the role- give it a go, as it may change your working environment massively. If management suppress your efforts further, then it really might be time to change – maybe become your own boss, when you get a reward for every ounce of extra time and effort you give.
Sometimes you have to dive straight into a change.
“I definitely need a career change; how do I do it?”
1. Pinpoint what’s wrong
First, ask yourself why you want this change. Be clear about why you need a career change and what you want from a career change. This will stop you from slipping from the unhappy frying pan into the depressing fire. Don’t be scared or disheartened by the search for your new career; these things can take time, so try to stay positive.
2. Determine if you need new skills
A complete career change is challenging, so it’s important to get it right. Think about roles or jobs where you can use the knowledge and skills you already possess. Also think about areas that you really enjoy or are passionate about- like fitness or running, and research into careers within that field.
If you are going to need to retrain, research everything about careers in this new industry – can you get advice or speak to someone about your career change, and the skills you will require.
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3. Assess your core values
It can be extremely uncomfortable to practice something that goes against your beliefs, even if they’re not particularly strongly held.
Be very clear and honest with yourself about what it is that’s making you unhappy at work, and happy in other areas of life. Consider the 6 core values and consider whether the new career options will fulfil these core needs.
4. Take a dive
It can be scary, but if you have the passion, the resources and the guidance then anything really is possible. So, get super excited and realistic about the goal and make the change! There is never a perfect time, so don’t kid yourself by waiting for one. Get your affairs in order, try to develop a plan B and then do it! Usually if you are scared to make a new change, it is just a reflection of being out of your comfort zone, so hold on tight and dive in! Fear can be a sign of great things to come.
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