Our careers mark a major milestone in life. So, it’s only right that we set out to find what fulfils and rewards us in equal measure. But recent studies appear to hint to an alternative truth. According to Gallup, only 13% of people feel engaged at work. If this sounds unfamiliar, and you resonate with the following signs, maybe it’s time to consider a career change – whether that’s in the form of moving industries or even functions?
1. Blues, blues, blues
Monday blues is pretty normal for us all, especially after an epic weekend. Now, that leaves us with Sunday night dread – a sensation that sits on a whole other level. You may experience a range of negative reactions, from stress and anxiety through to headaches and a feeling of sickness.
Treat any or all of these symptoms as red flags. Your body is indicating that the week ahead is set to bring unpleasant situations that you need to turn your back on as soon as possible. But before you can action any change, it’s really important to figure out what aspects of your current role are driving your discontent.
From tedious bosses and unhelpful co-workers through to a long commute and poor pay, there are a number of possible reasons for you to evaluate. Defining these factors will help you determine what needs changing, ahead of a prospective career move that takes these into account.
2. Falling self-esteem
Capability helps secure a role. But enthusiasm, coupled with room to grow, ensures you stay in it. So, take a moment to question the trajectory of your current career – are you in a place envisioned for yourself all those years ago? Or have you been overlooked for a well-deserved salary raise or promotion?
Are your contributions vetoed in favour of others’ ideas? If you’re starting to lack a sense of value and direction, as well as feeling that work is simply a “job” or “something to pay the bills,” it’s probably time for a career change in order to achieve your full potential. To help you move forward, brainstorm your skills, strengths, and experience (especially the areas you most enjoy). With this information in mind, conduct in-depth research into other careers that require similar talents that you could happily apply and develop.
3. Career envy
You dread social occasions and their call for small talk that turns its focus to the topic of work. What’s the best way to address what you do for a living – especially when it’s so far removed from how you expected the role to pan out? On the flipside, do you find it awkward and almost disheartening to hear friends, family, and even strangers talk about their envious, perfect professional journey? This is a clear sign that you want to be elsewhere, recreating similar ‘magic’.
Truly think about the factors that cause you to feel this like so. Perhaps, a particular sector or approach to work inspires you – whatever reasons you identify with, use them as a springboard to figuring out if a career change looks likely to welcome satisfaction.
4. Indifferent to the company
A little daydreaming here and there isn’t a big deal. But when it reaches an excessive point, it’s a strong sign of lacking investment in the role. You simply carry out duties to meet deadlines – and that’s where the commitment to both the job and company ends.
Going that one step further and championing your professional development aren’t your focus. Address whether this is due to no longer being inspired, motivated, or challenged by the work on offer. In a sense, you may feel ‘done’ having lost your sense of purpose.
So, maybe, it’s a better idea to save your time, energy, and efforts for an alternative company that will embrace your ideas wholeheartedly. Sometimes, a new environment (i.e. career change) is beneficial as it’s a chance to recharge and bring much-needed, refreshing ideas to the table.
Time to make a career change? Let Kingsley Hamilton People help you! We have a range of roles across our specialist sectors, Accountancy & Finance, Legal, and Business Support, for you to choose from. Or call 020 7078 213 to talk to our friendly team.
Alternatively, if you’d like to transition into a career in recruitment (with the expertise of your respective sector), get in touch with our Talent Acquisition & Training Manager for more details on our internal positions.