There are times when we may embark on a career path simply because we feel like we should. Either weâ€™ve study a subject matter for so long, or weâ€™ve already started on a certain trajectory, our families and friends have suggested weâ€™d be good at it, or the selected field is lucrative and has more stability, longevity, respectabilityâ€”the list goes on.
What happens, though, is that there often comes a time, sometimes sooner rather than later, where those reasons no longer hold any weight. Then, youâ€™re deep into these undesired careers, and you feel stuck and miserable.
Sometimes, it isnâ€™t obvious to us that in these careers is no longer where weâ€™d like to be. Weâ€™ve grown to accept how things are and ignore how they could be.
Below are four signs that the career you have may not be the one you need:
1. Youâ€™re Unfulfilled
If your days donâ€™t conclude with a feeling of accomplishment, even if youâ€™ve successfully moved mountains, then the job just might not do it for you. If youâ€™re where youâ€™re supposed to be, simply doing the work can have you leaving the office feeling lifted and aligned. Â No, every day may not feel like the best day of your life, but it certainly wonâ€™t feel like youâ€™re wasting your life away.
2. No Work Goals
If you donâ€™t seem to have any goals in your current jobâ€”whether itâ€™s a promotion, a new project, a new client, or even a raiseâ€”then this is a sign that youâ€™re unmotivated. Lack of motivation where you are indicates that you may need to be somewhere else. It may be helpful to find a career path where you can set goals and continue to strive for the next levels. Having constant goals in mind can help to ward off complacency. This sense of motivation can be necessary in surviving what would otherwise be a mundane nine-to-five.
3. No Emotional Attachment
If the walls are crumbling down around you, and youâ€™re neither here nor there about it, itâ€™s probably because you just donâ€™t care. If there are huge developments in your work or workplace and youâ€™re not filled with excitement, youâ€™re likely detached. If youâ€™re doing what youâ€™re supposed to be doing, where youâ€™re supposed to be doing it, there tends to be an emotional component when engaging the work. You want things to be right. You strive for integrity in the work and in the working environment. If youâ€™re at a point where nothing is moving you, this may be a sign that itâ€™s time to physically remove yourself.
4. Youâ€™re Weary
If every work day you have to convince yourself to go in, you need to get out. Some days will inevitably be harder than others, but these days shouldnâ€™t be consistent. A good sign that you’re doing what you’re meant to do is that you actually want to do it.
If this sounds like you, it may be time to detour your path to one thatâ€™s more fulfilling. It might seem hard to do right now, but trust that youâ€™ll thank yourself later.
Safon Floyd is the Digital Editor at Black Enterprise. Follow her @accordingtofon.