However, there are many who despite working for several years in the same field, don’t feel like the job they do is what they really should be doing. There are five important signs which you need to look out for while deciding if you should quit your job and put an end to your career for good.
There is definitely something wrong if you have gained the necessary knowledge and/or skills to do what you are supposed to do…and still you are hopelessly falling out of excuses to justify the reds on your performance chart. Face it, that’s when you have to make a decision; to either be the disappointing figure to everyone around you, or step back from your profession and think about it again.
2. Failure to tackle challenges: Suppose that your colleagues at work are blaming you for all the setbacks and little glitches in problems, how would you tackle them? Shouting in return is something anyone can do – would you be able to justify your actions while completely pulling your slate off clean?
If you feel like you are desperately trying to work hard and can’t live up to other’s expectations – accept it! That’s your fault…and if you do, then tackle all challenges without letting anyone feel you are the bottleneck around. Staying angry and responding with aggravation is another symptom to look out for when deciding whether to stick with your current profession.
3. Unsatisfactory leadership, demoralizing attitude: Give it a thought; how many times have your name being mentioned in “Thank you” speeches delivered by subordinates at work upon recognition? Have you ever been taken as an inspiration by anybody? Do you feel like you can fully correspond to the five bases of power laid out by French and Raven?
Failing to lead your team and/or subordinates is a major symptom found in many professionals thinking about making a career change. You are not just failing to perform, but are not letting others to perform either! Think about possible instances where you have been told about your unsatisfactory leadership. Analyze what went wrong, and proceed accordingly.
4. Agitation upon adaptation: Put yourself in the picture – where do you fit in? Are you the perfect role model for juniors welcoming positive change, or rather are you regarded as the dirty fish in the pond spending negative energy around? Do you welcome change easily or do you find it difficult to adapt?
Change may not be something happening in our daily working lives, but if small things such as a change of cabin/room or a change of machinery at work daunt you - think about making the right decision yourself. Professionals satisfied their careers always adapt to change, and if not, then welcome all challenges to convince everyone that the change may not be the best way around!
5. Work or Leisure: where’s the pleasure?: Pleasure from work is perhaps the perfect definition you can give to the kind of work which suits you. If you enjoy what you do despite the faulty air conditioner or the old coffee maker at work, then you couldn't be any right in making the right choice! That’s what you are meant to do.
People who really need to make a career change are those who find rest to be much, much dearer than work. If you feel like the job you’re being held accountable for marks the least of your concerns, unfortunately, you have trod a very wrong path! Go back, study your role, and design a strategy on how would you value your work from now. If nothing works out, plan what’s best for you and for the workplace.