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The 5 Signs You're In Need Of A Career Change

Are you fit for your job? Is it the right one for you? Should you do something else? Evaluate your worklife balance by checking out our q & a:

Are you chronically exhausted, not just physically, but emotionally? 

If you love what you do, then it wouldn’t feel like a job. Conversely, when you always feel depleted and worn out, it could be that you are overworked or the environment is toxic or both. Your body might be manifesting your inner struggle at work and you would be constantly irritable or withdrawn.

 

Are you on a roller coaster ride from self-doubt to discontent to questioning the status quo and back again? 

This is the tug of war between your rational self and your gut. Everything is stagnant and going nowhere. Perhaps you are starting to realize that the field you’re in is not aligned with your core values, and you find it difficult to conduct your life and your beliefs in such an environment.

 

Are you at a stage in your life where priorities simply have changed?

It is not that we are not passionate anymore. It is just that our priorities change as we slip into new life stages and new roles—like motherhood. After giving birth, I began to rethink my priorities and my abilities. I was still driven, but my focus had shifted and I began to seek work-life balance.

 

Are you in an industry that has less and less opportunities for growth?

I notice that in every generation, a key industry rises and another dips. So there may have been cases where prospects in your industry seem good for a time, but due to the economy or rise of technology, the opportunities become slim.

 

Are you beginning to seek fulfillment beyond your payslip?

I can tell you from experience that what stops us from addressing our heart’s desires is because we are afraid to sacrifice our financial situation. But there will come a time when a high paycheck is no longer a motivation, and having just enough will suffice as long as your spirit is well-fed.

 

If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, then it’s time to weigh your options and explore new opportunities outside your current career. Career shifts are more common than you think, so there’s no shame in switching it up a little.

 

This article is an excerpt from an original article named “Thinking of a career shift?” by Marie Pascual in Working Mom. Changes have been made for Metro.Style.