Choosing to change directions in your career can seem daunting when you’ve been in your particular industry for years. However, you’re not alone. Today, the average person will change their job approximately 10 to 15 times throughout their life.
But how do you know whether it’s time to change careers or if you’re simply feeling what’s called the seven-year career itch? Consider the following signs of limited satisfaction in one’s career. If any of them sound like you, it may be time to move onward and upward.
- Your job gives you a sense of dreadIt may be time to change careers if you notice a feeling of dread as you fall asleep Sunday night or wake up to head to work in the morning. Dreading your job can have detrimental effects on your work ethic and therefore your company itself. To avoid developing an apathetic attitude to your business, consider switching to a new position within the company. However, if the new position fails to keep you interested and engaged, you may want to start looking for a career change.
- Thoughts of your career are limited to your work hoursYour career should be driven by passion and satisfaction. But when you’re beginning to feel burned out or you’re no longer excited by ideas in your industry, it may be time to find something else to ignite your passion in another career.
- You don’t find the perks of your job worth itTo determine whether or not it’s truly your career that’s making you feel fatigued, consider whether you’d continue doing what you do for greater benefits. Should higher pay, a different company, or improved health benefits not excite you to keep working in your industry, it may be time to consider changing career directions.
- You’ve broken the rule of 80/20The 80/20 rule is a rule that helps keep you satisfied in the workplace. As long as you’re 80% happy with your boss, your job, and your career, there’s no reason to leave. However, should your satisfaction drop below 80% it may be time change careers. Aiming for perfection in your industry will only cause you to become more unhappy with your career. However, as long as you’re 80% satisfied with your career, you should be all set for the time being.
If you’ve been feeling a loss of passion in your relationship with your career, it may be time for you to move on to bigger and better things. For more career change advice and executive coaching, contact Julie Han Coaching today for a consultation.