The majority of the workforce does not pick the right career on their first time around. Millions of people never end up leaving the job that was wrong for them simply because they became complacent with the work they were doing and didn’t notice any of the signs that showed they were in a career that wasn’t right for them.
Keeping this in mind, avoiding entering the wrong career path should be the first priority of any modern employee. Your work will make up the majority of your life, and being in the wrong career for all that time can lead to feelings of disappointment and anger in the workforce. Try to not become jaded with your career simply because you ended up on the wrong path. Oftentimes we accept the first job that is thrown our way after graduating because it is convenient or because we were attempting to appease someone. Keep an eye on some of the common signs that you are on the wrong path, and find a new path as soon as possible after noticing these signs.
Your Work Doesn’t Interest You
Not every second of your day is going to capture your undivided attention and nobody can focus on a Monday morning or Friday afternoon. However, if your work is never interesting to you and you can’t seem to stay hooked, then it may be a strong sign that you’ve ended up in the wrong career.
Try to identify what specifically about your work isn’t meeting your expectations. This is important to do as the thing that is bothering you may simply be an issue with your job, not your career. However, if the problem lies with your career choice and won’t be fixed by switching jobs, it may be time to consider a new path.
On that note, if you choose to listen to this sign, it will do you good to relearn how to write a resignation letter. This is important to your career as a whole in case you need a reference. It’s more likely than not that you will be entering a different field after leaving your current job and, with little experience in that field, positive words from a former employer can go a long way.
Another Career Fascinates You
One of the biggest signs that you’ve ended up in the wrong career is if another job fascinates you far more than your current one. There’s nothing wrong with being interested in the work your co-workers or friends are doing, but if it gets in the way of your own work by making you jealous, you have a problem.
If you find yourself in this position, take the time to narrow down if you really like that other job or if you simply would prefer to be doing anything besides what you are doing now. Right Management found in a study that as many as one in five people could be in the wrong job. One of the most important things to do if you actually decide to switch to another career is to ask your coworkers if they are willing to be a reference for you.
The last thing you want to do is try to switch careers and have no one vouch for you when asked if there is anyone who can attest to your skills and interests. As mentioned, switching careers is a big deal so having people in your previous field who can mention something positive about you will be beneficial.
You Always Complain About Your Career
There are points in time where all of us complain about our jobs and the work we are doing. However, as with having a lack of focus, identify if the things you are complaining about are based on your job or your career. If it is the latter, it’s time to get out of the job while you can.
Fortunately, there are options you can consider for gaining the education needed to launch a new career. Consider pursuing an online degree in a new field and following whatever path interest you. Even if you don’t know what career you want, anything is better than staying at a job that is a bad fit for your skillset.
There’s no shame in ending up in the wrong career. The average adult goes through multiple career changes in their lifetime and there’s nothing wrong with being a part of that group. In fact, changing your career a few times may show that you are self-reflective and aware of what you want to do, which is something employers like to see. Don’t ignore the common signs that point to you being in the wrong career. Listening to these signs will help you to lead a more fulfilled work life and to be happier in the long run.