5 Signs It’s Time to Change Jobs
The average person has about 12 jobs between the ages of 18 and 48. This means if you’re striving for a “dream job,” you’ll likely change jobs many times before you reach that point. But if you want to get there faster, it’s important to treat each job you have as a stepping stone to the next. Find out how to get the most value out of that job, gain the most experience, and once you’ve absorbed all you cause it as leverage to get your next job. If you approach each job this way you’ll move up on the ladder of success much faster. But this is easier said than done.
We often get comfortable with our jobs and think they’re good enough, or think “I don’t know if I could handle the change of a new job.” This is fine if you’re ok with settling for less than your dream job, but if you’re reading this post, I assume you’re not. This comfort is the fear of the unknown and we’re naturally clinging to it because it’s “safe” or predictable. It’s essential to keep putting yourself in new and challenging opportunity (new jobs) to keep growing and moving toward your career goals. If you’re young, it’s essential to take risks, fail and constantly learn until you’ve reached that point of success you dream of. In this post, I’ll share 5 signs that it’s time to get a new job.
You no longer get nervous
We all know that feeling of having butterflies on our first day of work at a new job. We’re unsure of what’s to come, and the unknown makes us jittery. But beyond that, there are always new aspects to a job that causes you to get a little nervous or anxious, simply because it’s new to you and or you don’t want to fail or let your boss down. If you’re no longer feeling this way at any point during your daily work life it probably means you’ve gotten too comfortable and you’re not growing at the rate you could be.
It causes you little to no stress
I’m not saying you need to work at a job that stresses you out, but if your current job causes you no stress at all, you should consider this. When there’s stress it’s because you’re worried, maybe it’s about pleasing the boss, pleasing your customers or doing something you’re not entirely confident that you can do. Basically, if you’re stressed it’s probably about something that you could fail, in other words, it’s a chance to learn and grow. A job with the right amount of stress means you’re having a sufficient amount of opportunities for growth professionally.
Are you bored at work? Do find yourself completing tasks as if they’re just habits or as if you’re on an assembly line just going through the motions? Do you daydream all day long?
These are clear signs it’s time to change jobs. You’ve learned everything. In fact, it’s so ingrained in you that it’s a habit requiring no simulation of the brain. You aren’t challenging yourself.
You aren’t learning anything new
Is there nowhere else to go in your job? Have you reached your peak in terms of learning opportunities? It’s good always to be striving to learn and absorb as much as possible in your jobs if you want to use the knowledge to reach your next job. But if there’s nothing left to learn you can’t do that.
You aren’t making mistakes
Do you never make mistakes? If you don’t make mistakes, again, you’re too comfortable. Mistakes are opportunities to learn, no mistakes = less learning. Find a new job that pushes you to new limits likely causing you to make a few mistakes along the way. Of course, you don’t want to chase mistakes, but mistakes are signs that you still have room to grow.
Get a job, learn from it, grow from it, move to the next job and don’t stop until you’ve reached the job or lifestyle you desire. This is the mindset of a self-motivated person on a mission to create an ideal lifestyle. Remember, a little bit of tension in life is good for you. It keeps you moving forward and on your toes.
About the Author
Jed Mahrle is a young professional located in Detroit Michigan, currently in the 1-year apprenticeship program called Praxis to pursue digital marketing. He runs a personal blog called Jedmahrle.com where he writes on all things self-improvement.