Work life, either you love it or you hate it. Well that’s actually best-case scenario considering you would at least know where you stand on your career path. Unfortunately, most of us falls into another category when it comes to are current line on work or career.
We don’t really like the work we do but we don’t necessarily hate the work either. There may be things that truly get under your skin but your still kind of comfortable in the position. That’s a very dangerous place to be for anyone.
Let me take this a step further.
1. Your Life Has Evolved
If you asked me five years ago what the most thought-provoking thing was I had ever seen, I probably would have told you some anime show I was really into.
Ask me that same question now and you’ll get a 360-degree different answer. now the anime show I watched did not change, I’m the one who changed.
I’ve absorbed much different content, learned more about myself, learned more about the world we live in and just a host of new experiences that have give me a broadening of my perspectives. That being said, all of those same can be applied to career and work life.
Most of us in the beginning of our work life don’t know what we want to do with our life or have a vague idea of what we kind of want to do but don’t know how to go about it. Some people get into careers when they are young or single; then overtime their lives change and form to something that is really not conducive with their careers anymore.
Having kids, getting married or just gaining a new philosophy for yourself are all things that can change that. Another situation is that a lot of times we have a notion of what a job entails when we are young; but once we finally reach that career or position we see its not exactly what we thought it would be.
This is one of the worst things because, it can leave you feeling lost and confused about yourself
Whichever of these situations you find yourself into it is still ok. There is nothing wrong with out growing a position or career, to be honest it’s a true sign of growth. Don’t be afraid to act on those feelings. You have gut instincts for a reason.
2. Your Work Environment Does More Harm Than Help
The environment you work in plays a huge part not just in your work life but your life outside of work as well. Anyone who has ever worked in an office setting where their coworkers really didn’t like to be there; or the work they do so everyone’s all Nagy and always ready to snap at someone.
These kinds of people tend to really enjoy office gossip and just give the whole office a negative vibe. If I had to guess this is something that plagues many of a work place across the country.
What makes it even worse is that negative energy follows you home and can really stick with you if you aren’t careful. Its pretty much common knowledge that under chaotic or work environments with constant distractions work production is cut by more that 50%.
That’s really no surprise considering on average it takes about 25 minutes to get back focused once you’ve been distracted. What it all boils down to is, if your work environment is not working for you, then you shouldn’t be working for it.
3. Your Industry Is Dying
This is a huge one that a lot of people are facing in today’s work climate. Many industries have become all but extinct due to technology improvement and innovation.
Most people hear that and instantly think of the fast food industry and lower level jobs in that nature, but it goes far beyond just that. If you want a prime example, look no further that the taxi industry. It had been obliterated by the rapid rise of Uber.
Some of the biggest taxi companies that have established brands names and have been around for decades are finding themselves in a bit of trouble. There was no way they could have predicted such a service would come along that allows people to share their car with others, but it did.
Here are a few tips for those in a similar situation:
- Take the skills and knowledge you’ve amounted in your current career and find a way to apply it to another profession.
- Looks for possible innovations that can be implemented into your current field that beings it some new life.
- Simply find a new industry all together! That may sound scary but its never to late to learn something new.
There are so many options as comes to earning money and doing what you love. Don’t be afraid to try something new and refreshing if you feel your current position makes you feel old and stagnant or just doesn’t supply what you need anymore.
4. Your Work Does Not Inspire You Anymore
Finally, we are to the real meat and potatoes of this thing. One of the biggest issues with today’s society is that so many people are doing jobs that they A. don’t feel are important or truly impactful, B. the work they are doing does not inspire or spark them at all.
To be completely honesty it shows. So many people are unhappy with their lives; and a lot of times it stems from the kind of work they are doing on an everyday basis.
If you find yourself in this situation, get out now! I’m about to mention something we have all heard a million times but it’s true. Say you want to really excel at something, make sure it is something that you are passionate about because if its not it wont last.
The level of success that we all want takes more than just wanting it, you must have a bit of an obsession if you really, deeply want it. when times get hard your inspiration, hunger and drive is what will push you forward.
If you don’t have a powerful underlying reason for you wanting or doing something impactful or huge, what’s going to keep you going through the times of hardship? Those days will come but that’s all a part of the game.
Find a career path that not only gives you meaning but something that puts a fire in your soul. When you love what you do you are not working, your building. I promise it will take you far.
Here’s a quick recap on the 4 signs you need a career change:
- Your life has evolved
- Your work environment does more harm than help
- Your industry is dying
- Your work does not inspire you anymore