Should I change jobs? It’s a question that can be very difficult to answer. The truth is that the grass is not always greener on the other side, and in many cases, it’s not until it’s too late that you realise what a good thing you had. However, there are also a number of very legitimate reasons why you might consider a career change.
If you feel like you’re ready for a career change, rest assured that you’re not the only one. Research by the London School of Business and Finance found that of 1,000 male and female UK professionals, 47 percent said they wanted to change careers in the next 12 months.
In this article, we’re going to explore some of the signs that we think are potential indicators that you could be ready for a career change. Whether there’s a distinct lack of development opportunities in your current role or you feel like you’re simply not using your skills, these are some of the signs to look out for.
- You’re overworked and underpaid
One of the injustices of the modern workplace is that the more capable an employee you are, the more work ends up on your desk, and in many cases, that extra workload is not accompanied by an increase in pay. This is a prime example of an employee who’s being taken for granted. It’s often the case that your employer will recognise you’re doing more work than colleagues at the same level, but still be reluctant to offer you the pay rise you’re long overdue.
If you find yourself in a situation where you’re being overworked and underpaid, it could be time to consider a career change. If you have transferable skills, there’s nothing stopping you applying for roles in other industries where you may be more valued.
- You’re not using your innate skills
Sometimes, people end up in jobs that are not a good fit for their skills. Rather than simply changing jobs, they start to wonder whether they could be the problem and their confidence takes a hit. Before you know it, you’re stuck in a job you hate but don’t feel like you could do anything else.
If you’re not doing as good a job as you know you could, or you’re good at your job but it’s not bringing you any pleasure, it’s time for a career change. The likelihood is that you’re not using the skills you’ve worked so hard to develop.
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- You can’t be yourself
Everyone is slightly different versions of themselves at home and in the workplace. It could be that you have to be more cut-throat in the workplace or are constantly trying to impress your boss, or you’re much quieter and less confident at work than you are in your personal life.
If the change from ‘not-work’ you to ‘work-you’ starts to feel uncomfortable and stifling, it could be time to go. The culture of the workplace or the industry as a whole is not a good fit for you and you’ll probably feel happier elsewhere.
- You want to make a difference
In many cases, it’s jobs that have a positive impact on the world or people’s lives that employees value the most. A YouGov survey asked the public whether they’d rather have a job they hate that pays well, or a job they love that pays poorly. 64 percent said they’d rather have a poorly paid job they love.
Life is too short to exchange your happiness for a pay packet. If you want to make a difference, think about what impact you want to have and whether your skills are well suited to that particular industry. That will help you maximise your impact and lead to the highest possible levels of job satisfaction.
- You’re not developing
Ambition is not something everyone has, and nor is it something everyone needs to have. If you’re very happy to remain in the same role for many years without the prospect of promotion, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, if you are ambitious and want to gain new skills at work but your employer is not willing to invest in your development, or perhaps you’ve reached as far as you can go in your industry, it could be time for a career change.
If you’re constantly bored and have nowhere to go in your role, sometimes the best thing to do is to get onto a steeper learning curve. Even if you have to take a pay cut to do so, it could be worth it in the long run.
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