Have you ever asked yourself, “Am I taking the right career path?”
Maybe you’re unsure of the answer but one thing is certain, you can’t afford to lose your job.
But how do you know if your current job is the right (or wrong) one for you? And if it’s really not, what’s next? Are you going to stay or leave for a greener pasture?
I know exactly how this feels and if you’re feeling this way right now, I’ve got you covered.
I listed here some signs that you might be in the wrong workplace so you can at least gauge where you are right now.
And later on in this article, I’ll show you how to find the right career path for you.
1. You dread going to work
It’s Sunday and you’re starting to count hours before Monday. You hate Mondays and as you go along the week, you’re always looking forward to Fridays. Waking up in the morning, you feel weak and you drag yourself to work. Whenever you’re in the office, time is moving slowly. You often check the clock hoping it’s time to go home.
Worse, you often call in sick even if you’re not because you feel so stressed just thinking about work.
2. You don’t utilize your strengths
You’re skilled and passionate about one thing but instead of focusing on that, you’re forced to do your work because it’s your job. Even if isn’t your zone of genius, you stick with it because it pays the bills.
As a result, you lack inspiration and drive because you’re not passionate about what you do. You secretly wish you can focus on the things you like.
3. You’re bored
Your everyday workday looks mundane – doing the same things over and over. It has become a monotonous and tiresome routine.
Your work doesn’t bring out the creativity in you anymore. You just work for money and nothing else.
4. You’re not happy at work
Your co-workers are stressing you out. Especially your boss. Your work is a constant source of stress. You’re drained and exhausted. You’re becoming more and more disappointed every day.
5. You don’t see your future
“How do you see yourself five years from now?” This is a common job interview question.
Now, try answering it. Is your current company still part of your future? Do you imagine yourself managing a team? Do you see yourself successful and an asset to the business? Do you feel any contentment?
If no, then think this through. Reassess your work goals.
If any of the above signs sounds like you, don’t worry. You’re not a failure and there is a right career path for you. It’s not yet too late.
Here are ways on how you can fix this problem and bring back that spark again.
Get out of your comfort zone
If you know you need to find a new job, accept that fact and do something about it.
It’s daunting to look for a new job but it’s better to tackle this early than staying too long on a job you dread.
Make a decision and have the courage to embrace change. Leave your comfort zone and move forward.
I’m not saying you leave your job right off the bat. Of course, you need a backup plan. What I suggest is finding a job you really like before quitting your current job.
If you want to start a business, work on it part-time at first. When your business income can replace your day job salary, then that’s the time you can quit.
Know and understand yourself
What am I good at and what do I love to do? Know your passion, skills, and interests.
If you could align your interests and hobbies with your skillset and experience, that would be the perfect formula in finding the right job.
You have to believe in yourself that you can achieve and accomplish more things outside of your current job.
Look for an organization that shares the same mission, beliefs, and values as yours.
Ask professional advice to help you reassess your work goals and to help you figure out what career fits you the most.
You can also ask a good friend or a co-worker regarding their perception of your strengths. Get their feedback on what area they think you’ll excel.
It’s fun getting paid at something you enjoy doing.
Remember that most of our time awake is usually spent at work, longer than the time we spend with our family so better make it worth it.
You’ll be the best version of yourself when you’re happy and in love with your work. So take that leap and don’t be afraid to explore.
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