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3 Signs You’re Ready for a Career Change

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16 October 2020
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It’s Monday morning and you’ve hit the snooze alarm five times already. The thought of getting up and getting dressed fills you with dread and staying in your bed forever doesn’t seem such a bad idea. By the time you get into work, you’re already counting down the minutes to your break. 

If this is how your day starts, your job clearly is not right for you anymore. Here are three hard-to-ignore signs that it’s time to move on and start something new. 


1 A feeling of dread that never goes away

If you spend every hour worrying about your next stint at work, it’s not right. That sense of dread that takes over you is uncomfortable, stressful and exhausting. A few sleepless nights aren’t uncommon, especially when you’re dealing with particularly busy periods at work. But if it becomes a pattern, it’s a sign that your job is more toxic than you think.  

When was the last time you felt proud of your work? If you can’t think of anything recent, you’re ready to make a drastic change. Stop dreaming about the things you want to do and make them a reality. Want to study a language abroad? Then do it. Or maybe you've always wanted to work abroad. There are plenty of roles that will re-ignite your passion to work. It’s all about taking that first step and acknowledging you’re ready for something new. 

If you’re not ready for change straight away, improve your employability skills before making a final decision. Learning another language can improve your CV, salary and job prospects on a global scale, taking you closer to making your career change.  


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2 You avoid everyone

Not everyone enjoys a Friday evening drink with the office, but if you always avoid interaction with colleagues during work hours too, that’s a big problem for yourself and your company. They remind you of deadlines, stressful meetings, the million emails you haven’t replied to yet (and the work you must complete before the week is over!) It’s no surprise that you do everything in your power to avoid them whenever you can. You should be able to communicate with your team to complete projects and tasks, so avoiding them purposefully is very detrimental to the company, and it won’t do you any favors either.  


3 You just don't care anymore

To put it simply, do you even care about the job you do anymore? If you’ve already read the previous points in this blog, it’s safe to say that you don’t care and have thought of quitting.  

Take a step back from work to evaluate what you really want to achieve from your life, not just your job. The biggest mistake you are making is committing to your role, when you know it doesn’t give you any personal satisfaction. Don’t think that you’re stuck in your job forever because you lack experience for a new job in another industry either! Taking a year out to travel or learn a language might seem too late or even a waste of time at first, but they will bring endless opportunities and great life examples for job interviews.  


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Taking a year out of work to study in the city will reignite your passion


We know it’s not always as simple as storming into your boss’ office and quitting. A career change requires research and an understanding that it’s not just about finding a new job, it’s about finding something right for you. The first step is realizing it’s time to make a change. Then the rest is up to you. And who knows, you might even be surprised by what’s out there. 


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