Here’s How I Knew It Was Time to Change Jobs

We were never meant to stagnate.

I’m not looking forward to work on Monday. Heck, I’m not even looking forward to work after this lunch break.

It’s an unusual feeling for me, but research suggests I’m in the majority: most people don’t like their jobs, with some people actually hating it. Only a small minority love their 9–5 (and they are truly blessed).

It wasn’t always like this. I used to love going into work. I’d think about things I wanted to do during the week on weekends, I would always be shocked when it was 5 pm because I’d been so contentedly busy, and I sat down at my desk every morning with a sense of excitement.

What happened?

We love routine. We love our comfort zone. And we love stasis. You know what we don’t love? Change.

But ironically, that’s where we see the best in ourselves, and it’s where we thrive.

When I realized that I was dreading my Monday mornings, I realized that it was time for me to take stock of my situation. And I realized that it had taken me too long to determine it.

I know tons of people who have been doing the same dead-end job for years because they truly don’t think there’s such a thing as a dream job. However, my life is full of role models who, one way or another, are living their best lives.

Three facts stood out to me:

  1. I did not enjoy my current job.
  2. I believe that there’s a job out there that will satisfy my every day, for years to come.
  3. That job will not come to me. I have to find it.

But those facts weren’t enough for me to make the change.

After all, I was comfortable in my current role. I had some friends. It was a decent commute. I was good at what I did, and I knew it. If I changed job, no doubt Id have to work beneath someone, I’d have to learn a whole new system, and I’d struggle.

And besides, the biggest argument I made against the move was that I was sure I’d just walk into another role which I’d enjoy at first, but slowly find more and more frustrating and dull.

But then I realized: even if I get another job, experience the same change over time, and need to move, there’s nothing stopping me.

This job market is phenomenal. I’m young, talented, with a diverse skillset and a wide array of experiences. If I want to find my calling, if I want to take a risk and leap into the great unknown that is the job hunt, now’s the time. And if I find I’ve made a mistake, if I’m in the wrong career, I can just leave and try again.

If these reasons sound familiar? Think about changing your job.

Are you ready to change jobs? Maybe not, but if you suspect you might be, these reasons will resonate with you.

  1. You are unfulfilled. I’m not learning new things at my current role, I don’t have much guidance for growth, and I’m flatlining in terms of job experience. I want a job which will force me to learn, grown and adapt.
  2. You are bored. I’ve developed an advanced time-keeping measurement system where I look at the clock roughly 13 times per minute. To make time go faster, I get two cups of tea per hour. This has the added benefit of letting me go to the bathroom often, too. This can’t be right.
  3. You stand to gain more. When I first switched to this job, I increased my annual salary by 12.5%. Recruiters want to give you more benefits, more money, more guidance and more training. Let them woo you. Alternatively, you might find a better role — but then your current job will offer you an incentive to stay. Either way, you win.
  4. You have no friends. Corporate culture may sound like a buzz phrase, but the fact remains that every company has an atmosphere that works for some, but not others. If there’s nobody at your job you like spending time with, it’s a sign that this culture doesn’t work with yours. Find one that does.
  5. You’re reading this article. People love confirmation bias. If you’re in the process of thinking of leaving roles and this article stood out to you, it’s time to consider that you’re looking for a sign. This is it. We all deserve better.

When we change our environments, we undergo a period of turbulence and stress. We have to adapt to new situations, new people, new tasks and new expectations. All of this makes us stretch, grow, learn and develop as people.

Switching jobs is one of the best things you can do for your career, and for yourself. There’s something better out there just waiting for you to come and get it.

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