☹️ Career satisfaction is a very complicated topic.
😩 When you’re dissatisfied, it’s hard to distinguish between a work situation that doesn’t meet your standards, and simply being in the wrong career.
😧 It could be that you feel underpaid, overworked, with not enough independence in your tasks…maybe finding a new position elsewhere could fix all of that.
😨 But, what if you feel even that wouldn’t be enough? You could even be content with your salary, your company, your work set up…however, something doesn’t click.
😔 Feeling like you could be doing something else is a destroyer of joy.
😬 No matter how ideal things seem, the fact is that sometimes we are not where we are supposed to be.
🤔 Making the decision is not easy, however. On average, a person evaluates changing careers for 11 months before actually doing it.
But how do you know for sure you’re in the wrong career?
You Dream of Something Else
When you’re dissatisfied with your career path, you’re usually longing for something else. You dream of what it would be like to do this or that. You imagine yourself in different positions. It doesn’t even matter if you would actually want to pursue any of them. This all means that you’d rather be doing something different.
Having a career that fits you means that you don’t want to be doing something else, that you don’t need to imagine an alternative life, because the one you have makes you happy. When you’re happy where you are, you imagine all the possibilities in your field, you’re not thinking about how satisfying it would be to sing for a rock band.
You Find Excuses
If you’re constantly saying that you’d work in this or that other thing if you could, you’re most definitely in the wrong career. Whatever you say you’d be rather doing might not even be your ideal career, but it’s a clear sign that other things interest you way more than your current job.
Truth is that it is possible to make money out of whatever interests you: tech, arts, cooking…anything! People do build careers around those. So, why can’t you? Your dreams become realities when you let go of the excuses you give yourself.
Only Money Keeps You There
When passion and interest are not moving factors in your work life, all that is left is money. Considering job offers comes down only to material matters because you’re only in it for financial gain.
In the right career, though, there’s a lot more that comes into play. You evaluate whether your job is allowing you to reach your goals, learn skills, grow, and express your vision. Your sense of purpose is so important in your career that you wouldn’t be willing to sacrifice it for just money. Of course, financial matters are also important, but in your ideal career, they’re not the sole factor in your decision-making. You care for results and the output of your work, so conditions are important.
You Lack Interest
Working in a field you’re not interested in, professional education is a drag. Since you’re not invested in the subject, you do not find value in the information you receive. You just want to get your work done as soon as possible and get out of there.
However, with the right career, learning is always interesting. You are fascinated by all the new possibilities, the tools to produce better work. The opportunity to expand your knowledge on something you love should be exciting, not burdensome. If you’re invested in your career, you’re probably going to find ways to get educated beyond what your company offers you. Simply because you’re interested.
Knowing if you’re in the wrong career can be a taxing mental exercise. Each person’s experience is different. It’s important to listen to your gut when you feel like something is wrong. To find answers, you need to ask yourself sincerely if you want to continue down the path you are going. Look at the big picture, and consider what you want. Set aside external expectations, and allow yourself to explore the infinite possibilities of professional life.
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