For many of us, when we start our working journey, we end up in the same industry for our entire career. We find a pathway and stick to it. However, for many others that just isn’t right for them, and there’s absolutely no shame in admitting that one particular career just isn’t right for you.
That’s especially the case today. With more of us suffering from high levels of anxiety and depression due to work, finding the right job for us is so, so important. But how exactly do you know a role and an industry just isn’t quite right for you? Well, some telltale signs may begin to appear…
Lack of Passion and Motivation
One of the most obvious signs that it might be time to change industry is a lack of passion and motivation for your work. If you find that you dread going into work every day or feel uninspired by your tasks, it may be a sign that you’re no longer interested in the industry you’re in. When you’re not passionate about your work, it’s difficult to be motivated to excel and reach your full potential.
No Room for Growth or Advancement
If you’ve been working in the same industry for a while and you’re still in the same position with no room for growth or advancement, it may be time to look for opportunities elsewhere. Feeling stuck in a dead-end job can be frustrating and can prevent you from reaching your career goals.
If your work is unfulfilling and lacks purpose, it can be difficult to find meaning in what you do. You may feel as though you’re not making a difference or contributing to something bigger than yourself. It’s important to feel a sense of purpose in your work to maintain job satisfaction.
Unhealthy Work-Life Balance
If your industry demands long hours and a lot of time away from your personal life, it can negatively impact your mental and physical health. While some jobs require more work than others, it’s essential to maintain a healthy work-life balance to prevent burnout. This is a particularly important aspect of our lives, as often being overworked can lead to increased stress.
The root of many addictions, from prescription drug addiction to the likes of cocaine and alcohol can often stem from being overworked and burnt out, and that can cause serious health issues and even worse if not treated, so it’s important to recognise an unhealthy work-life balance as soon as possible.
Finally, economic changes can be a significant sign that it’s time to change industry. If the industry you’re in is suffering from a decline in demand or is being impacted by technological advancements, it may be time to consider switching to an industry that is experiencing growth and stability.