Feeling a little … meh?
Everyone has the occasional work slump, so how do you know if you’re ready for a career change?
To help you know when the time is right, we’ve put together this list of 5 signs that you’re ready to change careers.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
1. You Feel Sick Every Monday
Everyone has experienced this at some stage, but if you feel this way every week then you’re in the wrong environment.
You spend about 10.3 years of your work at life, so make sure you enjoy it.
2. You’re Unhappy and Unfulfilled
Is the work you’re doing fulfilling and satisfying, or is it ‘just a job’? Because ‘just a job’ gets tired pretty quickly.
The reason some people enjoy going to work is that they love what they do. They really, really love it.
If what you do for a living isn’t fulfilling, start working out what you should be doing instead.
3. You Are Not Using Your Best Skills
If you use your best skills in your job, you’re likely to be happier. For example, if you love being with people but you work in front of a computer all day you’re unlikely to be content.
There’s always going to be some aspects of a job that you’re not mad about, but it should be a small part of the job. The positives should outweigh the negatives.
4. You’ve Done Your Homework
If you’ve looked into your career options and worked out what area you want to move into, then you’re in a strong position. If not, then find out what sort of work might suit you (try this career quiz).
Once you’ve established what you’re good at, investigate the industry. For example, if you’re interested in working with children you can find out what qualifications you’ll need, and talk to people about working in the industry.
If you find a training provider who offers information nights be sure to go along. It will give you a fantastic insight into the sort of people you’ll be working with and the work environment you’ll experience.
5. You Know Where You Want To Be
If you know what move you want to make career wise, well done! All you need to do is put a plan in place and start executing it.
Start by working out how you’re going to transition. Take into account any financial or educational impacts.
You may be able to study for your new career while continuing to work in your current job. You may even be able to negotiate a part-time arrangement with your current workplace, while you prepare for your new role.
Just Do It
Once you’ve worked out what move you want to make, and planned how you’ll make the transition … it can seem a little scary.
But you’ve done the thinking and the planning now is the time for action.
Don’t give in to your negative thoughts. Instead, trust yourself and take action.
You deserve to be happy at work. You deserve a career you love.
So don’t just dream it. Do It!
Sam has experience in public and private sector organisations across Australia and has been the Commercial Director with Kool Kids Training College since 2014.