There has been a lot of movement in the last year in terms of employment and work opportunities. While many people have been forced to change careers or take on short-term contracts due to the pandemic, the Covid-19 crisis has also inspired people to think about chasing career dreams or changing roles to enjoy a better work-life balance or boost job satisfaction. In this guide, we will explore some tell-take signs that it is time to change your job and offer tips to help you decide what to do next.
Watching The Clock
Nobody enjoys every second of every working day, but if you find yourself watching the clock during every shift, this could be a sign that it is time for a change of scenery or a new challenge. If you have lost motivation, you do the same thing day in, day out or you are bored of your job, a change could make the world of difference. Think about what you like to do in your spare time, what gives you joy, and how you could use your passions and interests to make a living. Perhaps you like working with people or animals, maybe you like solving problems, or you would like to use hobbies, such as working out or being outdoors to earn money.
Often, we apply for jobs and accept offers, because we need to pay bills and keep a roof over our heads. While doing a job that puts food on the table may be alright for a while, most of us don’t want to spend our entire working lives doing something that does not provide us with satisfaction. If you do not get anything out of your job, look for opportunities to make a difference, to give back, to enhance your happiness and wellbeing and to fulfill your potential. From teaching and mentoring, healthcare and charity work to providing services for others, there are myriad roles to explore.
Development And Progression
Many of us have ambitions to progress and climb the career ladder when we accept a job. If you have been at the same level or pay grade for a long time, or you are thinking about changing careers, it is an excellent idea to try to find ways to expand your skill set and enhance your employment prospects. This may mean undertaking training or further study if you want to explore new jobs or roles or moving companies to secure a more senior position, for example. If you have ambitions, research and figure out what you need to do to get where you want to be. If you want to work in the healthcare sector, you may need to go back to school for occupational therapy or explore nursing courses. If you are keen to secure a promotion, and there are no openings at your current workplace, be open-minded about finding a new employer.
We spend an average of 36-40 hours per week at work. If you do not enjoy your job, this is a lot of time to devote to something that does not make you happy. It may be necessary to do a job you do not love to earn an income for a period of time, but try not to get stuck in a rut or assume that there are no alternatives. Sign up for job alerts, consider a change of industry or location, and do not write off career dreams just because you have not achieved them yet. If you have always wanted to work with animals, your options are not limited to being a veterinarian or a vet nurse. You could also look into volunteering opportunities, working at shelters or charities or getting involved in grooming, training and obedience classes or conservation, for example.
Are you bored of your job, do you have a dream role in mind, or have you decided it is time for a change of scenery? Take these tips on board to help you plan your next move.