A lot of people wait until they are miserable before they make a change in their lives, whether it is in their studies or in their careers, but wouldn’t it be better to pre-empt this and make a change of direction before things get that bad? Of course, you wouldn’t want to leave a good thing prematurely, or until you have got the experience, education, or skills you desired. Knowing when you are on the right track or when it is time to make a change is important, but how can you really tell? You don’t know what lies around the corner, so the best thing is to look at yourself to see where you are going.
The first thing to ask yourself when deciding whether or not it is time to move on is, ‘Am I growing and learning as a person?’
Of course, if you are studying you should expect to be learning new things, and also growing as a person as a result. However, in work this is not always so obvious. When you start a new job you will have a lot to learn and will find that you are gaining new skills or perhaps improving on older knowledge and information. However, once you find that you are no longer growing you will begin to stagnate. Comfort is fine, but it can turn into boredom, so be careful to make sure you can create new challenges and keep learning and improving. If not, it may be time to start looking for a change. Knowing how to choose the right job can set you off on a strong course in your career, but times can change, and so can you!
Learning and growth is just part of the equation, you also need to think about how you actually feel about what you are doing. Do you feel passionate about your job or course? Do you enjoy the challenge it provides to you, or feel that you are doing something worthwhile and fulfilling?
When you are passionate about something you will find yourself thinking about it. You may wonder how you can make your work more efficient, or maybe you look forward to your lectures or other classes? If you have a passion for something you will find that it fires you up creatively. Of course, some days will be better than others, and there may be aspects of your job or course that you don’t enjoy as much. At times like this you may find that just doing some relaxing breathing exercises will help you through the tough times, but on the other hand, if you don’t care about what you do you can never be fully invested in it. You are probably coasting along, or even worse simply trying to get through each day. If this is the case, then you will almost certainly want to start thinking about switching things around.
How you feel at the end of the day is a really strong indicator of whether or not it is time to make a change. If you feel that your day was just a waste of time and effort, then you will probably need to start considering your options. You should accept that, sometimes, things don’t go your way, or you may have a tough day, but days like these should not be the norm, they should be a rarity. Do you go to sleep looking forward to the next day, or do you find yourself dreading the mornings?
Sure, there are times where you may need to work to earn a wage, for example, but that doesn’t mean you have to just accept that forever. There is always a balancing act between doing a secure job for a wage or chasing a dream career, but you have the right to be happy in your life, so don’t settle for something you don’t like.