Ending up in the wrong career can happen to anyone at any age. There is no guarantee that a job you hold is perfect for you, but there are clearly some jobs that are not a great fit for your skills or personality. If you suspect that you have landed yourself in one of these jobs, it’s best to get out while you can and pursue a new career path.
By pursuing a new career path, you can lead a happier life and have less stress overall. Don’t ignore the common signs that can indicate when you have landed a career that isn’t right for you. Instead, focus on aligning yourself to a new career path that suits both your interests and skills more. With that in mind, here are some of the biggest signs that you may have ended up in the wrong career.
You Complain About Work Constantly
Everybody has bad days at work and times when they just don’t want to come into the office. A red flag that you may actually have landed yourself in the wrong career is if you find yourself complaining all the time about your job. However, there’s an important distinction that you will have to make.
You need to focus on whether or not the source of your complaints is something that can be fixed by switching jobs, or if a career switch is actually necessary. For some, switching careers may be the best and only course of action when you are constantly complaining about work. More often than not, complaints are brought on by excessive boredom at work.
If you find yourself in this boat, consider pursuing a more interesting and dynamic career path, such as full-stack development. Developing the skills needed to launch a new and fascinating career has never been easier with the rise in technology. Take advantage of opportunities around you and stop being the friend who is always complaining about their job after work.
Another Job Fascinates You
Did you know that it has been reported that people will switch jobs as many as five to seven times during their lives? Identifying another career that interests you is a great way of knowing whether or not you are currently working in the right field. In all honesty, there will always be times where you feel bored at work.
Constantly being bored and uninterested in what you are doing, however, is a major sign that something may be wrong with your career choice. Don’t settle for a job that doesn’t capture your interest and makes you excited to come to work in the morning. When another job fascinates you, you are going to need to determine if it is actually a job that would suit your skillset.
To do this, reflect on what are your strengths, as well as your weaknesses. Assuming that this new path that is capturing your interest is a great match for your talents, consider attending an online trade school to develop the skills needed to enter the field. There’s nothing wrong with being interested in another job, and it may actually be a huge sign that you’re in the wrong career. Before deciding to switch paths, however, you are going to need to determine whether or not your new path is even right for you as well.
You Feel Like You Aren’t Using Your Skills
One of the largest signs that you could be on the wrong career path is if you feel like your skills are underutilized. This can lead you to feel as if you wasted your educational years developing skills that are unimportant to the job you hold. Considering you spent so long developing your unique skillset, it’s best to land a job that actually forces you to use those skills well.
If the job you have now doesn’t acknowledge your talents and abilities, consider relearning how to write a two weeks’ notice letter. Find a job and employer that recognizes your unique abilities and what you bring to the table, rather than allowing yourself to just become another ordinary employee.
Landing in a job that isn’t right for you can be a distressing experience that leaves you wondering what you should do. These feelings can compound and make you wonder if you have been wasting your time in a career that doesn’t match your skills or interests. Rest assured that you can always switch careers and it has never been easier to do so thanks to technology today. Avoid accepting a job that isn’t right for you and pursue a new path until you find a career that lights a fire in your heart and makes you smile coming to work each day.
About the Author:
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.
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