Every other individual reaches a point in their professional life where they think that they are drifting away in their career without direction, development, or job satisfaction. They feel like they are stuck in the job without volition and see it only as a means to an end. Some have EMIs to pay while others don’t like the idea of being without a job.
Whatever may be the reason, the inference could be something else, something more important: that you are probably not in the right job. But how do you figure that out? How do you know if you – who has spent more than a few years in the same job – are toiling hard at a role that does not align with your life’s calling?
Here are three solid, proven ways to do that.
Proven Ways to Test Your Current Job
There could be several reasons why you are not feeling right about the job you are currently serving in. Poor employee engagement, no upward movement in the role, and lack of exposure to the industry are some of the most common causes why employees feel they are in the wrong business.
However, there are better, more refined ways to check if that is so. Let’s start with the biggest indicator.
Your Feeling When You Are Getting Ready for Work
It can be arguably said that most professionals who dread Mondays are not happy with their jobs. The easiest argument for that is if a person is happy with the job and loves doing it, he wouldn’t mind doing it on a Monday morning. In an ideal scenario, he wouldn’t see any difference from what he purportedly does over the weekend and what comes after that.
The biggest indicator that you are not in the right job is that you don’t feel like going to work. Not being happy about what you do on a daily basis, getting irritated by the lack of work-life balance that you experienced, and general pressure in work management is what are the defining aspects of this indicator.
No Professional Movement
Take the example of an MBA trainee at a media agency. She has been working at the agency for more than three years and yet all she’s been doing is creating tables and graphs on Microsoft Excel and reporting them to her higher-ups. This is a clear sign of lack of any movement in her professional life.
While that example is as ridiculous as it sounds, you will be amazed to learn that it’s a common practice in India. Lack of employment opportunities has driven talented people to take up jobs that they are highly overqualified for. An MBA applying for a data analyst job at an ITeS company is another example.
If you find yourself in a company for more than 2 years and there is no difference between the work that you do currently and the work that you did weeks into the job, then you can be sure you are not in the right job. Or the right manager/company.
This could also mean you just need a change of environment. Exploring opportunities with competitors and other companies can be an easy way out of this.
Absence of Compassion
This is another common red flag that indicates that you may be in the wrong job. You may be excelling in your work and garnering appreciation from your manager, but at the end of the day, you are still not content with your contribution. Whatever you do, you are unable to derive pleasure from the work.
If you are able to detect this early in your career, you can change stream and get a job that also makes you happy. Compare this with the first point in this article.
If you have ever thought of the possibility that you may be in the wrong job, test it against these three ways. If one or more of these turn out to be true, then it is time to introspect. It might also be a good time to understand where your passion and interests lie.
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