Signs you might need to rethink your career

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Once upon a time, I had a fulfilling job with a company I loved working for and coworkers I considered family. My life changed close to four years ago. After pretty much everyone in my department was let go due to an affiliation related downsizing, I didn’t work for nearly eighteen months. Now mind you, I had been employed with that company for about twelve years. When I finally got back into the workforce, over the course of just over two years, I’ve worked at four different companies.

Make no mistake, I’ve invested much time and money into obtaining an Associate degree in Industrial Engineering Technology, 2 Bachelor degrees in Marketing Management and English and a Masters of Management. I’ve further amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience to reinforce my degrees. As of lately however, I’m learning that absolutely none of that matters. My past aspirations no longer speak to the person I’ve become. In a world where hardwork and degrees don’t always carry weight, I find myself wanting to run for the hills – quite literally!

Can you relate?

Honestly, I’m in the process of researching remote countries with minimal connections to the “modern” world. Soul-searching and evaluations have become my new best friends.

Are you feeling me?

Here are a few signs you might need to rethink your career (in no particular order):

• Your blood pressure increases by 10 to 20 points just from being at work.

• You take long walks during breaks, in order to cry and calm yourself down.

• On the days you’re unable to walk due to rain or snow, you sit in the car and cry.

• Though you’re typically upbeat, the mere thought of work leads you to become depressed or angry.

• You can imagine throat-punching the powers that be whenever they make an attempt to cheer you on, especially when they don’t know the pain of performing the job.

• Multiple coworkers have been seen crying in their office or cubicles.

• You literally run out of the office at the end of each day, and particularly on a Friday.

 

Please feel free to add to my list in the comment section…

 

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5 thoughts on “Signs you might need to rethink your career

  1. I have always gone thru that since I was in high school. The feelings of solitude and the yearning for peace. If societies around me wont give me that (even friends and family),I need to do something to force my heart with my mind as its bodyguard. But we can all dream because reality always keeps you in check. So if a good cry is needed to keep me sane and gathered. Let it rain so I can go outside and freely cry where nonone can see.

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  2. It doesn’t even need to be as dramatic as those points you’ve already listed. Simply feeling dissatisfied, not really want to go to work or do the work you have to do. When the amount of drudgery and grunt-work exceeds the stuff you like, enjoy or love doing, it’s probably time to move on.

    Talking of career changes, I had the book “What Color is Your Parahcute?” recommended to me as a starting point. It’s structured so you focus on one aspect at a time, ranging from interests, to aptitudes and skills, then on to focusing on how you get from where you are to where you want to go. The appendices at the back of the book are a handy resource.

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, David.
      You’re absolutely right about it not needing to be as dramatic. The problem is however, as much as I’d love to walk away, I have a family to provide for. Nevertheless, I am working on an exit plan.

      Also, thanks for the book recommendation. I’ll check it out.

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      1. There’s the rub isn’t it? Having enough resources to at least meet the physiological and safety levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is often the reason why people stay in job longer than they’d like to.

        I’ve seen several surveys stating that 75% of people would quit work tomorrow if they could afford to do so.

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