It’s January and there’s a whole shiny new year ahead, which means it’s the perfect time to re-evaluate your career. You might already know that you want to move on to a different job in the next twelve months, or it might be something you’ve not really thought about properly.
Job-hunting can be stressful though. It’s easy to get stuck on the hamster wheel and complacent in a role, afraid or hesitant of taking that next step. Recruiters, phone calls, interviews – they can all spur anxiety. But sometimes you’ve just got to grit your teeth and think about the long term.
Settling into a job that you love, that rewards your progress, and that provides you with opportunities to excel is so important. If you’re experiencing any of the following five niggly things, it’s probably time to think about switching career.
You No Longer Enjoy What You Do
One of the most important reasons to look for a new job is a lack of enthusiasm or enjoyment in your current role. According to studies, we spend about a third of our lives working (this is scarily on the rise with longer hours and delayed retirement), so it’s no wonder our working lives have a major impact on our happiness and wellbeing. It makes sense then that you need to enjoy what you do.
Often jobs follow a similar pattern to dating, with the initial honeymoon stage that can soon turn sour. If that spark has faded and you come to dread the prospect of waking up and heading to work every morning (Sunday evenings are the worst), you need to find a role that fills you with excitement. It’s far easier to cope with long hours and early mornings when you’re motivated about your job.
Your Stress Levels Are Always on the Rise
There have been plenty of recent studies that show stress levels are on the up, with the work-life balance being seriously skewed for many people. Stress affects everyone in different ways but if you’re finding it hard to sleep at night, you experience persistent headaches, your eating habits keep changing, your general immune system seems low, or you keep having mood swings it’s highly likely that it’s related to work.
Negativity and pressure from the office isn’t just eliminated as soon as you leave the door at the end of the day. If your work life is affecting your health, it’s time to step back and think about what’s best for you.
You Don’t Feel Part of a Team
You don’t necessarily need to be best friends with the people you work with but having a sense of camaraderie can make the long hours you spend at work pass much quicker. If you’re in a stunted office environment where every day is spent silently tapping away at your computer, it’s time to look elsewhere. You might thrive working independently, but it’s always nice to be able to chat to the people you work with.
Equally, it can make a job especially stressful and frustrating if you have a bad relationship with your boss – meetings, reviews and training opportunities might never lead to anything positive. Feeling isolated from your colleagues and/or your boss can seriously dampen your day-to-day working routine and prevent you from succeeding in your career.
Your Skills Aren’t Being Recognised
It can be frustrating when your company doesn’t tap your full potential. You may boast an array of skills and an expansive portfolio but your boss is turning a blind eye. You’ve already tried to showcase what you’re capable of but your day-to-day tasks tend to be quite monotonous and simplistic. On the flip side, you may find you’re taking on more than you should, with little recognition.
Either way, it’s essential to feel valued within your company. Putting in the hours and getting nothing back is a vicious cycle. You need to find a job that is the right balance between challenging and doable, in an environment where your efforts are rewarded (in whatever form that may be).
You Have No Room to Progress
If you feel like your career is at a standstill, think carefully about the career path you want to take and envisage the rank or seniority you imagine yourself moving towards. A great thing about working life is that you are never too old to learn new thinks and grow within your field. Your company may not offer any form of training, support you towards your career goals, or simply not have the capacity to promote you.
Whatever the reason, if you feel like you’ve outgrown your position and there’s no room to reach up further, it’s worth finding a role that you can sit well in and a company that will help you flourish.
Have you noticed any of the above signs in your working life? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @celebriciouscom.