The idea whether a career is good or bad is subjective and personal. What one person may consider desirable is starkly different from another. It is hence, inelegant to call a career good or bad. A career could rather be perceived as healthy, positive, desirable or unhealthy, negative and undesirable. People often use terms as successful and satisfied to define the former and unsuccessful and dissatisfied to define the latter. There are no fixed criteria or checklists that may make a career a positive one however, however these signs can help you identify if you are in the wrong career –
- You feel disinterested and/or irrelevant
Statements like “I don’t like the kind of work I have” and “I feel like the work I have does not even utilize my skills” indicate an extreme lack of interest in your particular job profile. Losing the sense of connection to your workplace is a definite indicator of being dissatisfied. It’s time to bring about a change!
- No growth opportunities
Ever experienced feeling stuck at the same position for ages without facing any challenges or growth? If your answer is yes, you probably need to change your work profile or environment. It is often necessary to do something that is intellectually stimulating to keep up the mental health at workplace. Frustration at work is generally known to be transferred to other areas in life, to avoid that, recognizing the signs and working upon them is vital.
- Cognitively, emotionally, socially and/or financially not rewarding
Incentives like money, good colleagues and desired work are highly motivating factors. Being in a workplace wherein the work is monotonous, you are unable to adjust; the salary is not worth it, and you feel stuck can be absolutely exhausting. Do not delay in taking action towards these problems, they may seem small and insignificant at first but might grow to become factors that negatively affect your mental health.
- Experiencing Burnout: Signs of physical and mental stress
Research shows that more and more individuals are experiencing burnout at an early stage in their careers. Burnout comes with physical symptoms as tiredness and fatigue, loss of sleep and appetite, impaired concentration, lowered productivity, frequent headaches; and mental signs as anxiety, depression, extreme anger and/or guilt. Recognize and identify the source of these problems in order to eliminate them.
- Lack of Motivation
If you find yourself looking for reasons to skip work, leave early, take frequent vacations, and so on, it probably means that your zeal to work has dropped significantly. Not feeling driven enough to work could be upsetting and frustrating. Finding aspects about your work that you enjoy could help in such a scenario. If you find it extremely difficult to do that at your current place of work, looking for something that actually motivates you would be the best choice.