The 10 Biggest Signs You’re In Need of a Career Change

The 10 Biggest Signs You're In Need of a Career Change

1. Your mind keeps wandering

Do you find yourself daydreaming at work, thinking of greener pastures? If you’re always zoning out while doing mechanical or repetitive tasks, odds are you’re not getting enough stimulation out of your current job.

Every job has its ups and downs when it comes to energy, but if you’re feeling off more than you feel on, it might be time to consider retraining.

Maybe a career that keeps you active, like a personal trainer or vet assistant, might keep you active. Alternatively, if you’re after something to keep your mind busy, there’s opportunities in everything from criminal psychology to frontline management.

2. You want to make a difference

Everybody knows the feeling of wishing they could do more. If you’re the sort of person who wants to make a difference in people’s lives, you might not be able to get it in every position.

You know who regularly makes a difference in people’s lives? People who work in a field where they can interact with people personally, and impact them for the better. Whether your calling is to teach English as a Second Language (T.E.S.O.L), provide learning assistance as a teacher’s aide, or talk people through their own problems as a counsellor or psychologist, if you’re craving more fulfillment, you should look into your options.

3. You’re drained and strung-out all day

One of the best ways to stay on top of your energy game is to have a rich, interesting place to be every morning. If you’re not making the most of your work life, you might find yourself chronically fatigued, restless, and hard of sleep; worse, you might not feel refreshed, no matter how much sleep you actually get!

If this describes you, you should start thinking about whether it’s your own sleep patterns or your job that’s causing your body to rebel.

4. Your joy in spending your money outweighs how you feel earning it

You might have a great paying job, with more than enough to provide for you and any family you might have, or you might have a job that might pay more in the future, or even a career path projected.

Sometimes though, we end up coveting free time, time with family, and time to actually enjoy what we’ve worked hard to achieve instead. In this case, restructuring yourself as an independent worker, or re-training in a field that might give you the opportunity to set your own hours, is more valuable than any pay rise.

In this situation, check out a few self-made positions such as massage therapy, or running your own E-business!

5. You’re not getting the most out of your talents

Everybody has a gift, and everybody should have the opportunity to showcase that gift in their everyday life. If you have a talent, a dream, or an aptitude that’s going to ‘waste’, start scouring the web for associated positions, jobs, and subject fields to do with it.

If you’ve always loved music, go out and at least try to explore your options as a coach or performer. If you’ve always loved horses, an Equine Care course might be for you.

6. You’re jealous

It doesn’t matter what you’re jealous of. You might be jealous of a friend, a co-worker, or just about anything really. The point is, if you’re feeling these emotions, it’s a sign of dissatisfaction in regards to other things.

You’re not upset with them, really, but just frustrated that you could be doing more. Make the most of it! Every second you spend focusing your energy on outward sources is one more second you’re stuck in the doldrums.

7. Future prospects are slim

Work hard, but be sure to also work smart. Most people can transition between industries – a writer can write for a magazine but also potentially for the web, or an accountant can work in the financial or private sectors.

If your job doesn’t seem to be promoting people much, consider promoting yourself into a new line that has better prospects, before you box yourself in. Either look for something stable that people will always need, like a hairdresser, or attach yourself to a growing field, like marketing.

8. You don’t feel in control

In a similar fashion to this; feeling like you’ve lost control is another big step in realizing your current position might not be for you.

If you value being in control, then get into a position where you can be. Structure yourself into some Event Management, and put on a show where you’re in charge, or as a Wedding Planner to make other people’s dreams come true alongside your own!

9. You’d leave, but…

One of the most dangerous things you can do in the cycle of needing a new job is to use the phrase “I’d leave, but…”.

While there are plenty of reasons to stay at a position for a bit, even if you’re not having a great time, if you find yourself saying it over a long period of time, it’s officially time to do something about it.

You don’t have to rush into it; take your time, browse a couple of courses to see what interests you. The important thing is to keep it in the back of your mind and actively pursue it, rather than stay where you don’t want to be.

10. You’re staring at the clock

Tick, tock! Clock-watching happens to the best of us at work, but wouldn’t you rather end the day feeling like you can’t wait to get back?

Luckily, there’s always time for a career change. Contact us at the International Career Institute, or browse some of our courses online, to jump-start your new workday today!

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Gladys Mae


Gladys Mae serves as the General Manager and Head of Student Services at the International Career Institute. Gladys holds a degree in Mass Communication - Broadcast Media from the University of San Jose-Recoletos. She joined ICI in 2010 and has over the past 12 years been instrumental in providing leadership and guidance to staff and students alike. Prior to joining ICI Gladys led a multifaceted career with key roles in the banking and business process outsourcing industries.