Are you happy in your career? Do you find yourself looking forward to work each day — or at least, most of the time? Or maybe you find yourself dreading having to go into the office. Do you find that the job you have doesn’t bring about the same feelings of joy and fulfillment that it once did? When you start to realize you don’t feel the same about your job as you did a few years ago, it can mean it’s time to move onto a new career. That said, it can be hard to leave the security and familiarity of your job behind, in favor of something new. Here are five surefire signs it’s time for a career pivot.
You dread going to work
Every morning when you’re getting ready for work, you might feel a sense of dread. You might even start to feel physically sick when you think about going to work. This is a huge sign! When your health starts to suffer because you hate where you work or what you’re doing, it’s probably time to pivot your career. This might mean going to a new company for the same job or getting out of the field altogether.
Doubt has started to creep in
This is one sign many people don’t pay attention to, However, if you started in this field with confidence and positivity, then you start to feel the doubt creep in, it could be a sign that you are no longer meant for this career. For those who are trying to tough it out, they may find ‘hanging in there’ leads to even deeper feelings of discontentment.
You spend your time daydreaming
Do you find yourself daydreaming more than normal? Or maybe you spend all your time on employee engagement software at the company just chatting to your work wife? In many cases, this is a sign that you’re ready for a career change. This is a surefire sign that you no longer have your head in the game. So, ask yourself — what is it you’re daydreaming about? This is one of the most important things to ask yourself. If your daydreams are about leaving this job and finding something else, then take stock in them and start taking steps to make it a reality.
You see your career as a dead end
If you’ve gone as far as you can go, then this could be leading to those feelings of discouragement in the field you’re in. This could either be because the company has stopped advancing, perhaps digital transformation has failed over and over or the company has been on a hiring freeze. Or, it could be that you’ve simply maxed out on growth at that company due to a slew of other factors. When you know you can’t advance, that you are more likely never going to make more money or do something more, then you are stuck. If you feel stuck, then it is time to look elsewhere!
Your career doesn’t fit your life now
Maybe when you started this career, you were in a different place in life. But it’s time to consider whether this job fits your life as it looks now. Maybe you need different hours, fewer hours per week in the office and more time that you can work from home. These are all considerations that could signal it’s time to find a new job or a completely new career.
This article originally appeared in A Girl In Progress.