Is It Time to Think About a New Career?

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We all think about moving on to a new job or even a new career at times. Generally it is just temporary frustration that will pass if you let it. But sometimes it really is time to start thinking about a new career. How do you know when to wait it out and when to start making plans?

If any of these sound familiar to you, it might be time to start making some new career plans:

  • You've gone as far as you can. If you've gotten a few promotions but have been told that you have advanced as far as you can in this field without getting more education, it might be time to think about a new career. Ideally, a good career should be filled with opportunities to move forward or even to make lateral moves that give you more challenges. If you have been told more than once that you are more or less stuck with this position, it is time to re-evaluate things. Unless you are happy with where you are and can envision yourself doing this job for the rest of your life, it is important to remember that there are other options out there.
  • Stress. If your stress levels are always high, even after you leave your job and go home to your family, it might not just be the job. It could be the career as a whole. Some careers are just more stressful and a lot of that depends on the type of person you are. Ask yourself what is causing the stress. Is it deadlines? Is it working with the public? Then consider whether there is any aspect of your career that does not involve those things. If the things that are causing you stress are just a part of the career you are in, you might want to consider making a big career change.
  • Your subconscious. When your work seeps into your subconscious, you know there is trouble. Are you dreaming about your job at night? Are you tossing and turning all night long because the numbers just don’t match up? I used to be a cook and I would dream about a never-ending line of customers demanding that I cook for them. I’d be standing over the grill in my pajamas cooking chicken and sautéing onions while the line just got bigger and bigger and I knew I was never going to get back to my bed. I knew it was time for a career change.
  • Time drags. If your day seems to last a week and your weekends are gone in a flash you are bored. Most days at your job, the busyness of the job should help time move faster. You should have challenges that you can absorb yourself in. You should have projects you are passionate about. If none of that applies to your job or your career, you should start thinking about what does make you passionate and get you excited and look for a career that will fulfill those needs that you have.