The average American expects to change careers about three times in their lifetime—that is, to completely change job paths, focusing instead on something mostly unrelated to their previous occupational choice. There are several studies indicating that millennials are more likely to seek happiness from a career, which likely will increase the number of times people are shifting careers.
For Jason Hartman, who first worked as a real estate agent, a career shift meant a more diversified portfolio, an expansion into media and authorship, and a re-envisioning of the real estate market. For you, it may mean something different. If you find yourself considering a change in career, there are several ways to evaluate whether or not it is a good idea.
Your Skill Set is Not Being Utilized
One of the most frustrating things for employees is to feel that they are not being as beneficial to the company as they could be. This might mean an attempt to gain a higher position in your company—but it could also mean that it is time to move on. If you feel that you’ve done all you can do for your company, you are likely ready to move upward and onward.
Everything is Easy
What once challenged you in your job might be natural now—so natural that you find yourself able to complete your job mindlessly. When a job stops presenting any sort of challenge and mental engagement, it might be time to leave. You may also find that, although you are good at what you do, you don’t enjoy it. While every job has a few tasks that you might find less than enjoyable, you should find some pleasure in completing most parts.
Your Health/Relationships/Personal Life are Suffering
Because we spend so much time at work, it is important that it not cause negative feelings that spill into life outside of business hours. If you’re often ill, depressed, or otherwise negatively affected by your job, it is time for a change. If you’re unhappy at work, you’re probably unhappy elsewhere, and this is bad for all aspects of your life. Maybe you’re making a lot of money, and maybe you aren’t—either way, your well-being is more important. It is time to move on!
Of course, seek outside council before you do anything drastic. Often, the opinion of a few friends and family members will help put things into perspective for you and provide the clarity needed to make a decision that is best for you. Think and research before you act—it is always easier to find a new career if you’ve got a source of income, so start the search while you’re still employed. Now just might be the time to embark on that business adventure or dream vacation!
The Young Wealth Team