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How Do You Know When It’s Time for a New Job?

shallow focus photography of man in suit jacket's backWhen you have been in the same career for a few years, it can be hard to decide whether you are sick of the same job or if you are just in desperate need of a vacation. While the two sound similar, there are a few ways you can tell the difference.

You are tired of the same routine every day

If you are tired of waking up at the same time, getting dressed, and taking the same roads to work every single day, then you might be needing a vacation. But if you are tired of the things that you are doing at work along with everything else, and nothing new ever happens between the time you get to work and the time you get home, then you might need to look for a new routine in life.

You want to experience new things

While you might like the situation you have at your current job, you might be looking for a new experience. You are tired of watching everyone else experience new things while you just sit in the background because you have a normal life and schedule that requires you to never change up your routine. If you want to experience new things, and you get excited over things that may just be a new set of bathroom wall lights, then you might be looking for a new job deep down.

You feel trapped

This is the biggest sign you can look for when you aren’t sure whether you are just tired of working or you are looking for an escape. If you feel trapped when at work, or even at home when you are thinking about work, then you are in desperate need of a new lifestyle.

How do you start a new career?

It’s never too late to start a new career. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to stick to the same old job because that is just what you have access to. You are never too old or too young to find something different. Don’t worry, if you aren’t sure where to begin on this journey, here are some tips,

Ask around before quitting your current job

Always make sure that you have a backup plan. You don’t ever want to just quit the job that you currently have if you don’t have a job ready to fill in that gap immediately. However, if you have some money saved up so that you are financially able to take a break without going broke, you can skip this step.

Find something that you would be interested in doing

When you are quitting a job that you have known for years, you want to make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons. While your mental health is a great reason to quit, you don’t want to just jump into another job that will give you the same dreadful feeling. Make sure that you find a job that you would enjoy before quitting the one that you already have.

Take vacation time from your current job so you can think about this decision

Make sure that you take some time off for yourself before making any dramatic changes in your life. If you have vacation days available at your current job, take a few of those to think. During this vacation time, weigh the pros and cons in your mind or on a piece of paper. What benefits do you get, how much do you get paid, and how often are you stressed? Then think about how any new job would treat you with minimal experience, and not knowing any of the employees on top of that. Sometimes quitting can be more stressful than intended; this is why it’s important to take the time to think about it.

Regardless of what you decide to do, if you work at a place that respects you and appreciates you, your employers will give you room to grow. If the payment is an issue, ask for a raise. If the schedule is bringing you to your knees, ask for a few extra days off. There is always a way to compromise. And if there isn’t, then you should feel comfortable looking for a new job with no guilt to follow behind you.