Do you spend your morning commute fantasizing that this is the day you’ll finally quit your job? The first question is whether it’s the company, the job itself, or where you are in your life that you hate. Could you be happy doing your job at another organization? If you conclude that your current career will continue to leave you feeling depleted and unfulfilled, then it’s time to explore a new direction.
These ten signs will help you decide whether it’s time to consider a new career path:
1. Your health is declining
Is your job killing you—literally? In the U.S., 120,000 deaths a year could be attributed to work environments, according to Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, Dying for a Paycheck. Maybe you’re stuck in the office working insanely long hours, having no downtime to eat properly or exercise. When your health is on the line, that’s an unmistakable signal that it’s time to make a change.
2. You’re not feeling challenged
Does it ever feel like you’re just coasting through the workday? Is your manager giving you projects that you could do in your sleep? Looking back over the past year, can you think of at least three enjoyable and demanding assignments that you completed at work? If not, do you really want to waste another year in a job where you feel stagnant? When your career has switched to autopilot, and you’re no longer learning or growing, it might be time to find another path.
3. Your relationships are suffering
Are you a workaholic spending 80 hours in the office each week? Do your wife and kids complain that they never see you anymore? Maybe the family dog barely even recognizes you these days. If your career is sucking the life out of you, chances are you’re miserable, and it’s affecting the people around you. That’s a definite sign to seek out other career options.
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4. You can’t be authentic at work
According to Mike Robbins, the author of Bring Your Whole Self to Work, “bringing our whole selves to work means showing up authentically, leading with humility, and remembering that we’re all vulnerable, imperfect human beings doing the best we can. It’s also about having the courage to take risks, speak up, ask for help, connect with others in a genuine way, and allow ourselves to be truly seen.” Does that sound like your work environment? If you feel like you’re wasting your time trying to fit in or play corporate politics, it may be time to consider a new career path.
Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinecastrillon/2020/12/29/10-signs-its-time-to-consider-a-new-career-path/?ss=leadership-strategy#7afce36a3020