Everybody feels a little disengaged with their job from time to time. Either you’re too isolated or you’re surrounded by too many people; you’ve got too much work on your plate or too little work. The grass is always greener on the other side. Still, there’s sometimes a legitimate reason to move onto a new career. Here are just a few that might ring true for you.
You feel a lack of passion towards your work. Often, a dead-end job role isn’t a sign that the company isn’t giving you any options to progress but that you don’t have the motivation to progress anymore. It’s important that you make this distinction, of course. If you once felt passionate about the nature of the work involved with regards to your industry then you need to ask yourself whether the answer is to simply work harder and strive for a promotion to a better role within the same career line.
Still, if you’ve already climbed the corporate ladder and your role is quite diverse but you still feel emotionless towards the job then it may be time to consider a brand new career altogether rather than a better job within the same company (or a similar company). Perhaps you feel that your skills or responsibilities aren’t really you and that you’re simply going through the motions. You should work to discover which skills you’re truly passionate about and then pursue those as soon as you know. It’s better to start from scratch if you’re motivated in your new path because you’ll get much further in that brand new career than your current lifeless one.
Your employer is guilty of bad practices. ‘Bad practices’ could apply to many different things in the workplace. Perhaps you and your co-workers simply don’t get a proper break. They might be fine with that but you don’t have to be. You enter the workplace to do your job, but you can only do your job to the best of your ability if you’re allowed breaks to recover your energy, gather your thoughts, and return to your desk to get back to work. If your employer isn’t treating you with the respect you deserve then it’s time to move on.
Of course, even if you feel that you haven’t been personally affected by the nature of your company’s work environment, you might still disagree with the way things are run. It’s probably a good sign that it’s time for you to, at least, move to a different company, even if you don’t want to move to a different industry altogether. Cutting corners with products, bad customer service, and perhaps even dodging taxes are all company traits with which you don’t want to be associated. You might want to look into a whistleblower attorney if you think your employer or people within your workplace are guilty of fraudulent activities. Even if you’re quitting your job, you don’t want to leave the company with the knowledge that bad practices are still taking place.
You need a better salary. Again, if there’s a chance for promotion then you should take it, but it might simply be the case that even the highest-paid opportunities at your business don’t quite cover the costs of living in your current life. It might’ve been suitable when you were younger, but, as you start to build a family, you realize your monthly available funds start to slowly dwindle away. Higher earnings don’t always mean a better job but you can do some research to find careers that give you both financial and mental stability. There are plenty of opportunities if you look hard enough.