Whether you’ve recently been laid off or become underemployed, the pandemic has given many of us the chance to hit the “pause” button. One byproduct of the current situation is that it’s caused people to reexamine their current careers. You may be asking yourself, “Do I really want to continue down this path?” Maybe you’ve been in the same field for years and are realizing that it’s not as fulfilling as it once was. If that’s the case, it might be time to consider a new direction. Here are five reasons to make a bold career shift:
1. Your career isn’t challenging anymore
Now that you have time to take a step back, are you realizing that you’ve been sleepwalking through your career? Do you feel like what was once novel and exciting is now just monotonous and routine? Unfortunately, if you don’t have challenges to face, you won’t change. And if you don’t change, you won’t improve as a human being. We need to evolve in order to grow and become better versions of ourselves. So, if you feel like you’ve mentally checked out, it might be time to step off the treadmill and make that bold career shift.
2. You’ve been dreaming for years of doing something else
Did you spend your lunch breaks daydreaming about doing something completely different? What was it? If your rational mind dismissed it, now could be an excellent time to reconsider it as a legitimate career option. Think back to your younger self. Did you have a dream back then that you rejected because it wasn’t “practical?” Sometimes fear disguises itself as practicality. Instead of going after our dreams, we make excuses because it’s easier than admitting, “I’m too scared to try and fail.” Don’t underestimate the power of a dream. Dreams get you out of bed in the morning and make you feel alive.
3. Your health is being negatively affected
Now that you’re spending more time at home, are you reconnecting with your healthy self? Maybe you finally realize how toxic your work environment was and how much it was sucking the life out of you. Were you chronically exhausted, losing sleep or experiencing other physical symptoms? This might be your body’s way of telling you it’s time to make a change. Your ideal job should fill you up with energy. If you were operating on the edge of burnout, making a bold career shift could keep you from going over the cliff.
4. Your values and priorities have changed
Perhaps when you started your career, you were in your twenties and single without a care in the world. Now that you’re married with two little ones at home, working 18-hour days doesn’t seem so appealing anymore. Instead, having more freedom and flexibility has become a higher priority. An alignment between your career and your core values produces satisfaction, a sense of happiness and fulfillment. If your values and career are no longer aligned, a bold career shift might be just what you need.
5. You don’t have a passion for what you do
Making money and doing something that drives you don’t have to be mutually exclusive. People automatically assume that if they actually enjoy their work, they are going to make less money. Wrong. In fact, if you are passionate about your work, that probably means that what you’re doing is meaningful. Research consistently shows that people experiencing meaningful work report better well being and engagement. They rebound faster from setbacks and are more likely to view mistakes as learning opportunities rather than failures. In other words, people are more likely to thrive when their work has clear purpose and meaning.
As Steve Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
Article Provided By: Forbes