When it is time to dump your job And look for something better
It's a familiar story: job seeker finds job, falls madly in love, and
thinks they'll be happy together forever. But then, slowly, things start
to change. They aren't as passionate about the job as when they first
met. It might happen after a few years or after just one month, but
eventually the honeymoon period ends and it becomes obvious this may not
be the right employment relationship after all.
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It happens to the best of us: A job doesn't turn out like we'd hoped
or a position fails to keep up with our personal development, yet we
don't leave. Maybe it's insecurity, fear, or just finding comfort in the
monotony that's holding us back. Or maybe we're just worried that
there's nothing better out there.
But you've got to be willing to put yourself out there. Here are
three signs it's time to break up with your job and go after the career
you really want.
1. Time is not your friend
Depending on how badly your mother wants grandkids, you've probably
already begun to feel some pressure about your biological clock. But
have you ever thought about your professional career clock? Now let me
be clear: it's never too late to make a career change. It takes some
people decades of trying out different jobs before they find the right
one for them. However, staying in an unfulfilling job is a waste of
If your daily duties and responsibilities bore you today, they won't
suddenly be your life's passion next year. Instead of going into work
every morning waiting for things to get better, your time would be
better spent exploring new opportunities. That's not to say you need to
jump into a new job right away. You could spend your time taking a class
or freelancing in order to further develop your skills. There are
countless options that will help your long-term career more than
sticking with a dead-end job.
2. You're stuck in your comfort zone
As underwhelming as it can be, being stuck in a professional rut does
provide a sense of comfort. Sure, there may be nothing challenging or
exciting about your job, but there's also little chance of failure. And
as long as that safety net is there, you'll never step out of your
comfort zone and find what you really were meant to do. It's scary to
suddenly give up a steady paycheque in order to find something better,
something you're not even positive is out there.
But fear can be a great motivator. Without the crutch you're used to,
you'll have to get creative about deciding what to do next. And you
might be surprised where your instincts take you.Not to mention, once
the initial shock wears off after you quit your job, you'll feel an
incredible sense of liberty.
That will let you examine your career choices with fresh eyes so you
can figure out what went wrong and what type of path will lead you to
the success you want.
3. You've got a wandering eye
One of the biggest signs that a relationship is over is when one of
the parties starts to check out what other options are out there. If you
perk up when you hear about your friends' jobs or catch yourself
daydreaming about an entirely different industry, it's time to admit the
truth: you and your job just aren't meant to be.
Once you face that fact, you'll be free to truly examine all the
options that are available to you. You can peruse job boards or go out
on informational interviews without feeling guilty. Your perfect career
path is out there. You just have to know what resources are also out
there and how you can best use them.
Don't be afraid to take the time to get to know yourself a little
better. Take an online personality quiz or try one of those online
career assessments. After all, you'll never know what job will bring you
long-term happiness unless you know what it is that you really want.
Breakups are never easy. Especially when you've invested as much time
and energy as many of us do in our careers. But, hey, you and your job
aren't married and there are plenty of other careers out there. You've
just got to be brave enough to go out and find them.
(Aaron Michel is the co-founder and CEO at
PathSource, a career exploration solution helping students and job
seekers make better career choices)