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3 Signs that it's time for a career change


I don’t know why, but the word ‘career’ seems to carry with it this expectation of ‘forever’. Once you’re on a path in a certain sector, then that’s it. You’re stuck. You’ve made your bed. You cannot change your mind. But just as to err is human, so is the desire for change, for excitement, for opportunity. Very few of us get our careers right first time. So, because life is too short for just one career, here are 3 signs that it’s time to change your career today!

1. The thought of going to work feels like a heavy weight on your chest

If you continue to head in the same direction, you will just continue to be unhappy. Believe me, I’ve been there. I know how deeply soul-sucking it can be to go into a job every single day that makes you absolutely miserable. It’s likely the only reason you are still there is because you like your co-workers. You’ve been through a lot together and you are loyal to them. Perhaps work is convenient for the school run or you can work flexi-time if you ask. But, despite those positives, there’s something that weighs heavily on your chest every time you lie down to go to sleep – and it’s even worse on a Sunday evening.

If this is how you feel, then something seriously has to change. When we’re not happy, we’re never the best version of ourselves for those around us. That discontent in your heart, that fatigue in your body, that fuzziness in your head…it all means that you’re not okay where you are.

2. You feel relieved when you imagine handing in your notice and walking out the door

This isn’t to say you should slap your hands on your desk and shout ‘I QUIT’ tomorrow or even next month. But what you might benefit from is completing this quick visualisation exercise.

  • Find a quiet space and close the door.
  • Close your eyes and picture yourself the moment after you’ve told your boss you will be pursuing a new career opportunity.
  • Now, what do you see? How do you feel? Does your body feel lighter? Are you smiling?
  • Now visualise yourself waking up the day after you’ve left your job. What does that look like? What career are you pursuing? How does that make you feel?

If you are ready to leave but not sure what you should be leaving for, then learn how you can turn detective and create a career you love here.

3. When you think about pursuing a new career, you feel excited

Those nervous butterflies in your stomach are a great sign. After all, the gut is the second brain and if you have those fluttering sensations then your brain and your gut are communicating and trying to tell you something!

If you know what that dream career is, then we’re going to extend the visualisation exercise above and find your why!

  • What are your strengths? (Learn what yours are here)
  • What interests would you like to explore?
  • What motivates you?
  • What do you like about yourself?
  • What do you value most?
  • What can you contribute to the world?

Make notes after you have done the exercise as this can help you find your big why. If you weren’t sure of it at the start.

As with any career, you need to define what success looks like for you and don’t compare it to anyone else’s version.

Think about your desired level of income and the hours you want to work. Start thinking about what matters most to you and how a new career could help you achieve these goals.

If thinking about that excites you, this may be another sign it’s time to pursue your career change a bit more seriously.

But the last thing I will recommend, is that before you consider a career change, take a break. If you haven’t had a week off in the last six months or so, then schedule some time off as soon as you can. The last thing you want is to rush a decision based on the fact you are are simply tired.

However, if you have recently taken some time off and you’re still feeling that heaviness on a Sunday night, then get visualising and change your career today. And if you want a nudge in the right direction, book a free 45 minute Discovery Call with me here.