Many people find themselves in the wrong job at one point during their careers. They go to work every day but end up not being content. They often hide on the back of the saying “nowhere is perfect” and still try to fit in.
But experts say that when you spend most of your hours at work, you should ensure that you are putting in those hours for a job you care about. No one should have to spend most of their life doing something that makes them unhappy. Here are signs you should take seriously and start looking for a new job:
You can’t connect with your friends
You may say that you don’t go to work to make friends. But in reality, working without bonding with your colleagues can be boring and dry. One thing to note is that these people are those you are expected to be sharing a common cause and direction with. Essentially, you are all pulling in the same direction and goals. So if you are not anti-social, but you just go to work, do your job and leave without clicking with anyone in the office, then it’s high time you found something else to do.
You are not proud of your job
Are you usually ashamed to tell people what you do, or to give specifications about your role at work? Mostly, you are not enthusiastically talking about your job in the midst of friends and family to the extent that you hurriedly change the topic of discussion. If you are exhibiting all the above, then it’s a sure sign you are in the wrong job as you are definitely not satisfied with what you do.
Your workload is above you
If you frequently have more work than you are able to do within a stipulated time, then you are in the wrong job, labour experts say. In such situations, you often get emotional, have mood swings, and this is not good for your wellbeing. Start thinking of packing out when you experience these signs.
You can’t relate to the values of the company
Every company has a set of values and how they would want to achieve them. You should at least know these values and respect them even if you do not agree with them. Remember the company needs you to achieve them. But if you are at a loss about these values and don’t even want to associate with them as they don’t mean anything to you, then kindly look for another job.
Money is everything but not Sundays
There is nothing wrong if money is the motivating factor in your work, but that should not be the sole reason why you wake up every morning to work. If you worry about Sunday evenings too, then this is a warning sign. Nobody likes to see an end to the weekend, but at least you should be solaced with the fact that a new week is about to begin with a set of new ideas on how you are going to tackle the week with its challenges.
You are not growing on the job
If there is no growth and development in your work, then it’s time to reconsider. Your job must expose you to learning opportunities and you must take advantage of them to develop yourself. In some companies, funds are set aside by employers to send their staff for training and skills development. Your employer should have a similar policy if not same. Thus, if these policies are there and you are not taking advantage of them or they are non-existent, then it’s time to walk out the door.