Many people want to connect their interests and talents with what they do for work. Simply put, they want a career that means more to them than just a paycheck.
Although this may sound like pie-in-the-sky dreaming, such sentiments shouldn’t be dismissed outright, by you or your manager. In fact, while a company normally focuses on performance, more professionals—especially Millennials—want their careers to relate to personal growth and positive social change.
If you are sensing a bit of a disconnect between your current job and your values, it might be time to switch careers.
Signs That Tell You it’s Time for a Change
No Sense of Purpose
When it’s hard to get up in the morning to go to a job that has lost any meaning and purpose, it’s time to make a change. Your happiness at work and in your personal life directly impact how productive you are today and how you advance your career. Plus, we all know that while money is important, all the money in the world won’t be enough to motivate you over decades when there’s no real purpose and happiness in your career.
Your Potential is Ignored
You should always value your abilities and ensure your talent grows to make sure your value as a professional keeps growing. If the company you’re at isn’t valuing your talent, then your job may not be the best fit right now. Plus, when your talent is not recognized and your manager doesn’t encourage professional growth, it’s difficult to remain loyal.
Prevailing Toxic Culture Across the Industry
A toxic work environment is often structured in silos and is challenging to put your faith in. A toxic workplace culture is corrupt and impacts your performance while simultaneously hampering your ability to advance professionally. For instance, when your company doesn’t fulfill career advancement promises, you ought to be troubled by its management.
Some industries are ripe for a toxic culture to evolve. This is especially true in legacy industries where innovation and skill aren’t valued, and management structures are calcified.
Lack of Growth
If you or your company isn’t helping you grow your career, it might be time to look for a new job, and change careers completely. In fact, you should always be looking for ways to gain and grow experience at your place of work, such as when your employer invests in professional development courses, mentorship opportunities, promotions, and so on.
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