We all need a change of scenery sometimes. But with the increasingly competitive nature of the job market, changing careers can be daunting. Especially when there seems to be so much at stake.
To help you embrace the fear and ensure you’re making the right decision, here’s our list of the top five signs it’s time for a career change…
5. You constantly complain
Everyone complains once in a while. Sometimes it can be witty and amusing. Sometimes, it can be plain irritating. If you start every sentence with ‘do you know what really annoys me?’, it may be time to move on.
4. You feel misunderstood
Everyone’s going out on a Friday night after work. You ask, and they’re suddenly all ‘busy’. On the way home you see everyone in the bar across the street . It’s been three years, and your boss still doesn’t even know your name. You shouldn’t feel like your job is a popularity contest, but a bit of eye contact is always nice. No-one likes to sit alone at lunch.
3. You get ‘job envy’
You‘ve never ever expressed an interest in becoming a barman. You go for a drink at lunch and spot the bartender. Suddenly you picture yourself, a la Tom Cruise in ‘Cocktail’, wowing the crowds with your fancy concoctions. Sound appealing? If you find that you want to trade places with every other person you meet, it’s probably not a good sign.
2. You keep tuning out
There’s nothing wrong with a bit of daydreaming every now and then. But when you’re daydreams start to become so elaborate you zone out at your desk, in meetings and during intimate one-on-one evaluations, it begins to get excessive. See also, procrastination.
1. You don’t love Mondays
We’re not saying you have to love getting out of bed every morning or stop hitting the snooze button, but, if you’re crying into your cornflakes by the time Monday rolls around, take it as a sign.
Other notable signs: You have a nickname that you don’t like, you don’t have a nickname, you’re making yourself ill, you’re making your colleagues ill, your boss tells you you’re bad for morale.