Are You in the Wrong Career?
Have you ever felt so dissatisfied at work that you’ve thought to yourself, “Is this career for me?”
If you’ve ever thought this, you’re not alone.
In a recent survey, 35% of respondents ranked their job satisfaction a 6 or less out of 10.
Most people are forced to pick a career path at a time in their lives when their ill-equipped to make such an important decision. As a high school student, you have to decide on a major in college. As a young adult, you must decide what to do with that degree. There are a lot of major decisions happening at a very confusing time. The result? Sometimes the wrong career path is chosen.
You may be wondering, “Does it really matter if I’m in the wrong career?” The short answer is simple. Yes.
Studies have shown that those with a low satisfaction in their job during their 20’s to 30’s can lead to mental health issues later in life.
If you ask us, that is enough reason to stop and evaluate your career. Here are a few red flags that might help you to finally make that career change:
- You feel that you aren’t getting paid enough for the work that you do
- You feel unfulfilled or uninspired by your job
- You have a strong calling for another career
- You don’t agree with the ethics in your industry
- You wouldn’t be upset (maybe even relieved) if you lost your job
You may be feeling frustrated at work or just have a gut-feeling that this isn’t the right fit for you. Either way, don’t let your current position stop you from finding true happiness and satisfaction in another career.
Although the task may feel daunting, asking yourself some very important questions is a necessary step in finding your next path. Take time to think about these things: What are your strongest skills? Which skills could you transfer to another career? What motivates or inspires you? What are your core values? What things make you happy?
The answers to these questions are vital in finding your true calling. Once you have a good idea about what industry interests you the most, it’s wise to contact some individuals within that field. When you reach out, you should be asking questions about skill sets, necessary degrees or training, and the daily happenings of the job. You may even be able to volunteer so you can get first-hand experience. By taking these steps, you can start to form a network of relationships within this new industry. Most importantly, you’ll be able to make an informed choice when making such a life-changing decision.
Don’t settle for a career that leaves you feeling unfulfilled. It’s never too late to embark on your greatest journey yet.