Changing a career is something that we’ve all considered. For some, it’s just a fleeting thought. Others think about it and realise that the grass is greener on the other side. However, for some, a career change is imperative. We spend one-third of our lives working, and when you’re not doing something that you love, it can affect our personal lives.
So, how do you know when it’s time to make that career change? Well, for many people, they just know. For others, there are plenty of indicators. For example, if you’re always complaining about what you do, or constantly looking for mysterious illnesses that would stop you from turning up. Not being able to focus on the job in hand for prolonged periods, or if you’re burned out. These are all warning signs that things need to change.
The saying goes that you “work to live, not live to work.” With that in mind, everybody can have a bad day at work, but if that turns into a bad year, then you need to check your options and focus on doing something that you’ll actually enjoy.
Below are six warning signs that indicate it’s time for a career change.
You landed here by accident
Many people feel trapped in their careers. For some, it might have started as a summer job while they were focusing on their real goals. However, it turns out that they had a real flair for that summer role. They were good at it and one thing leads to another, they get a raise, a fancy new title, and a career path. They got sucked in by the flash of the cash and decided, “I’ll stay here a while, make some money, but move on in two years”. Then two years turn into ten, and you’re still thinking of that initial dream job or role.
If this describes you, you’re not alone. You can’t be blamed for getting sucked-in, money can be a great motivator, but there’s a false economy there somewhere. If you’re not happy with your role, then you have to weigh up whether or not it’s time to move on and chase your dreams.
Every day is blue
It’s incredible just how much your work life can affect your personal life. If you’re not performing in work, or if you hate what you do, that baggage can be drawn into hours outside of the 9 to 5. Work-related stress can be a factor of common mental health issues. If you can identify that work is the primary reason for this, then it’s time to think about a career change.
You’re attracted to other industries
Whether you arrived at your current career by accident or your work interests have changed, new technologies and industries can prove to be extremely interesting. Take the ICT world for example. New technologies arrive every day and it’s a time of opportunity for all involved. Many realise that industries like this are exciting. They have plenty of scope for development and allow people to get creative with what they do. If an emerging industry is driving you to distraction, then explore the opportunities that are available to you.
You don’t earn enough money
Here’s the scene. You’ve been in your current role for ten years. At the start it was great, you were younger and the money was right. Then your life moved on. You may have secured a mortgage, maybe you got married, or perhaps you’ve had kids. Sure, you’ve received a yearly increment or pay increase, but you’re watching your friends in other industries splash the cash, and they seem to be earning so much more. Because mortgages, childcare and bills don’t pay themselves, you’re finding your wallet or purse to be empty by the end of each month. If this is you, and if you think you might have the talent for a more lucrative industry, then considering a different journey might be in store.
Your job might be replaced by automation
Research is indicating that many roles will change in the next five to ten years. As automation enters the workforce, many industries will have to adapt. One report in particular highlights that industries like agriculture, retail, transport and hospitality, as well as manufacturing industries are “at-risk”. The fear is that low-skilled roles in sales and customer services may be replaced by chatbots and Robotic Process Automation (RPA). Already, many people in these industries are getting ahead of the curve and reskilling for a digital workforce.
Your creative juices aren’t flowing
There are so many talented and creative people who are wasted in the wrong industry. If you have a creative flair that you can’t utilise in work, then it might be time to look elsewhere. There are many industries that are in need of talented and creative staff. The technology industry, for example, needs problem solvers who can come up with innovative solutions and design interfaces that make people want to come back for more.
The next step
Whatever your reasons for a career change, there are opportunities out there that can help you on your way to a new job. It can be daunting going from one industry to another. However, there are very few worthwhile things that come without effort.
Software development holds many opportunities for career changers. The tech industry is incredibly exciting and because there is a considerable lack of software developers, there are thousands of unfilled jobs available right now, all around the world. For many, being a software developer has provided amazing salaries, flexible working conditions, and clear career paths.
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