Hating your job is a great reason to make a career change. But first, you must know if it is truly your career that you dislike, or if it's just your current job that you dislike. If you wake up dreading work every day, this video helps you pinpoint why before you make a decision you can’t take back.
- Are you excited to get up in the morning and go to work? Does your job excite you? Or do you dread Mondays? While I'm sure you've heard many variations of these questions before, I'm asking you now because you have to get specific if you're seriously considering a career change. Hating your job is not a reason to change careers. And, before you start questioning my reasoning, I'll clarify. There's a huge difference between job dissatisfaction and career dissatisfaction.
Many times we confuse the two and act as if they're one and the same. And, they're not. Job dissatisfaction usually arises when there's an aspect of your job that you dislike, a boss you hate, a task you don't want to do, a coworker who irritates you, or policies and procedures that rub you the wrong way. Your commute also adds to job dissatisfaction. You might have a very long commute which you dread. If your job was closer to home, you'd probably really like your work, but this one large aspect clouds how you feel and makes you begin to dislike everything about your job.
All of these are examples of changes that can be made within your current position and if not, can usually be fixed by changing jobs not careers. For example, you're an administrative assistant and you really dislike the office manager you work with. He's a micromanager. He's rude to clients and he expects you to work long hours. This is something that can be remedied by changing companies or even by transferring to a different department and working under a new manager.
This doesn't mean you hate working as an administrative assistant. On the other hand, if you don't like the type of work you're doing, if you're an introvert who hates talking to lots of different people and you're currently in sales, you probably need a career change. If you hate the sight of blood, but work in a hospital or doctor's office, you may be in the wrong career. A lack of passion or working on tasks that are at odds with your fundamental beliefs can also make a career change necessary.
Job dissatisfaction is a disconnect between employer and employee. Something that can usually be solved by changing your work environment. Career dissatisfaction is what requires you to make a big career change. If what you're doing now doesn't excite you and you've determined that the problem isn't fixable by making a few changes to your current job, then a career change may be a possible solution.
- Reasons to leave a job
- Choosing the right time to transition
- Planning your move
- Gathering input