Esc How-To #4: How do you know when you need to change your job?

by Rob on November 2, 2009

This list is based on my experiences of 2 years working in a job that wasn’t right for me. I’ve listed these points up here because I have a sneaking suspicion that I’m not alone in how I felt.

What do you think of the list? What have I missed? Add your comments at the bottom.

How to know that you need to change your job…

  1. You are no longer learning in your current job
  2. Despite being a proactive, driven person you are finding it hard to motivate yourself
  3. You realise you’re not as interested as you would like to be in your company’s field, industry, or sector
  4. You find it tough to get out of bed in the mornings
  5. You dread Mondays (no one loves them – but if Sunday evenings are dominated by fearful apprehension at the coming morning, it’s not a good sign)
  6. You’re an optimistic person but you find yourself thinking cynical thoughts about your company
  7. You find it hard to see how your work has any real impact on the company and your clients
  8. You spend most of your time dreaming of alternatives to your current job
  9. While you can do your job well – you know you’ll never be really good at it – and you also know that there are things out there that you could be amazing at
  10. You have a nagging feeling that there is more to life – just as Attenborough did with his Moment of Truth
  11. You justify spending 228 days of the year doing your job so that you can do what you want with the other 137 (weekends, holidays and bank holidays) – see what my Esc partner has to say about that in The Quest for True Happiness
  12. You find yourself counting down the days to your next work milestone – promotion, pay rise, qualification
  13. You find yourself working out how much money you need to save to go and pursue the career that you want to. If you haven’t done this yet, but want to, check out my Esc partner’s Escape Plan for inspiration.
  14. You feel that the distance between the dream of working for this company and the reality of doing so are too far apart for you to be happy if you continue working there
  15. You’re avoiding extra work at work, you’re not actively looking for more interesting and engaging things to volunteer for
  16. You find yourself rationalising the reasons for staying – it’s not that bad, it’s boring but I can go on 3 great holidays a year, I’ll have enough money in the future to maintain my lifestyle – challenge yourself: are these reasons or excuses?
  17. You told yourself you would do it for 2 years and you’ve been there for 4
  18. You already know that you can’t do this job for till you’re 65.  What are you waiting for?!

If any or all of these points strike a chord with you then perhaps it’s time to Stop Dreaming and Start Planning.

No one else is going to give you permission.

Stop making excuses for not making the leap. If you want another job you can get another job – How to get an interview when your dream company isn’t hiring.

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