5 Signs You’re in the Wrong Career

5 Signs You’re in the Wrong Career

are you happy at workA recent survey indicated 24% of Canadians love their job so much that they’d do it for free, 40% said they enjoy what they do but they could “like it more”, and 29% felt that they “like it well enough for now.”

What category describes you best? Is your intuition telling you that everything isn’t quite “right” in your current job?

Here are 5 signs that might indicate you’re in the wrong career and it’s time for a change:

1. You Wake up on Monday Wishing it Were Friday

If you’re not heading to work with a smile on your face feeling like you can conquer the day, you might not be excited to contribute anymore. When you’re happy at work, you’re generating creative ideas, your mind is stimulated and you’re excited to share everything with your department.

You don’t need to be in a management position in order to feel like you contribute. For example, if you’re a Paralegal in a busy firm, you might think up a new way to streamline your team’s records management procedure. In other words, you’re going over and above what is expected from you.

2. You Mumble About the Weather When Asked About Your Job

Are you excited to tell people where you work? Does everyone know what you do? Perhaps they are even too well versed in what you do? Of course there are days when everyone complains but as long as you’re matching each complaint with a bit of praise, you’re doing okay.

If, on the other hand, you can hardly think of anything positive to say about your current employment situation, your pride may be dwindling. Think about your daily routine – do you do your work with gusto? Does it fill you with a feeling of satisfaction to cross items off your list?

3. You Think Your Colleagues and/or Boss Should Be Committed

On average, the majority of us spend more time with our colleagues than we do with our own families. If your boss or your colleagues are starting to drive you crazy, disaster might be on the horizon.

The number one reason most people leave their job is that they hate their boss. This resentment isn’t often the result of one conflict; it most likely has been brewing for some time. If you feel like you’re turning into a cubicle hermit, and you’re not clicking with anyone in your office anymore, it might be time to leave. It’s important to find a position with colleagues who match up with you a little better. Your productivity will also thank you.

4. Your Productivity Has Gone Down the Drain

Everyone gets frazzled at worked and there is no such as thing as being “happy all the time” at work. Even those who have found their career passion have “off” days. But if you’re “off” more than 50% of the time, it might be time to consider a new career.

Legal jobs often entail deadline-orientated work, challenging situations and prioritizing workloads. Even though these sound like stressful situations, if you love what you do, you can become revitalized by these tasks. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re running around like a decapitated chicken, and are not finishing tasks on time, it might be time to leave your current situation.

5. You Know Exactly How Many Sick Days and Vacation Days You Have

Are you happy when you have to stay home with sick kids? Do you jump at any chance you get to take a day off work? Even though everyone enjoys time away, you shouldn’t enjoy it so much that you’re constantly thinking up creative ways to skip the office.

Confucius says it best, “Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Even though we may never truly love our jobs, we should feel contentment and perhaps excitement. You know those work days where you don’t look at the clock, or you forget to eat lunch? Those are signs that you’re busy and enjoying what you do.

Overall, it’s very important to your health and your well-being to enjoy your job. Think about how you feel when you wake up on Monday morning, get a new task or say hello to your colleagues. It might be time to turn over a new leaf and consider a career change.

About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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