5 Signs You Chose the Wrong Career
Have you ever wondered whether you chose the right career or not? If you have, then as someone who has tasted the exotic delights of banking, insurance and local government offices I can really sympathise with you.
We can all remember those early days at school when we were being pressured into choosing a career path that we we’re supposed to stick with for the rest of our days, who really knows what they want to do for the rest of their life at 16 anyway? Personally there was no way I was mentally prepared to make such a huge decision at such a young age and the steady procession of jobs that followed only backed up that feeling.
Thankfully I’m now working from home doing a job I love and I look back on those days with dismay, wondering why I wasted so much of my time. So, how do you work out if you are in the wrong career or not? Here are a few tell tale signs that a change may be on the cards.
- You Count the Days Until Retirement Age
I used to work beside a guy in the bank who was just wishing his life away day after day. That might sound dramatic but the chap was only about 35 and he had already worked out exactly how long was left until he could retire. If you are so unhappy in your work that you start looking ahead to retiring while you are still young then something is seriously wrong. Are you going to just hang in there for the next 20 odd years? That’s a long time to be doing something you dislike.
- You Are Always on the Lookout for a New Job
I went through a period of about 4 years in which I would read the job sections of the newspapers every week. This isn’t a great way to live. It’s fine being open to the idea of getting a better role but it shouldn’t be a constant in your life. Once you are in the right career you won’t need to hunt for jobs as much, if at all. However, if you are in the wrong career then you will always be looking for a new position. Even getting a pay rise or more responsibility won’t make you happier if the career is the wrong one in the first place.
- You Feel You Could Offer More
I had always wanted to do something creative like – hey! – write a blog post. Instead, I was stuck in dingy offices working out insurance premiums or looking at endless reports about current accounts. Sure, it was a way to make a living but I was bursting to do something more creative. In fact, enough time has now passed since then that I can admit to writing rubbish sit-com scripts while working in the bank. It was some sort of desperate attempt to discover what else I could offer to the world. I am now a lot happier that I work in something which lets me get creative on a daily basis.
- You Feel Stressed
I remember being told once that you feel most stressed when you don’t have things under you control. This is something which could happen if you are in the wrong career and aren’t performing as well as you would like to. For example, the most stressful job I ever had was probably the easiest. All I had to do was answer phone calls from insurance company customers all day. The problem was that I hated it with a passion and started to get really anxious and stressed about going in to work every day. Once I left that place I immediately felt a weight lifted from my shoulders.
- The Days Are Incredibly Long
I guess that most of you know the feeling of sitting at work and watching the hours pass by agonisingly slowly. We all know that clock watching is just about the worst thing you can do in this situation but it just can’t be helped, can it? Once I started doing a job I enjoyed more I discovered that the working days flew past far more quickly. If you’re working days seem never-ending then it might be time to think about making a change.
Did you choose the right career or do you sometimes wish you could turn back the clock?