If you’re wondering when to make a career move, here’s what you should be thinking about first.
There might be many of us who feel that all-too familiar Monday morning dread and don’t look forward to going to work. But you need to know the difference between the workday blues and when it’s time to make that move. Here are some signs to look out for:
Daydreaming of another profession: If you find yourself at work, locked in a daydream of doing something entirely different such as teaching, journalism or graphic design, don’t take it lightly. Daydreaming is not just a sign of trying to escape the daily grind of work, but could also harbor insight into untapped potential.
An article in Psychology Today describes the power of daydreams to lie in motivation:
“When daydreams get powerful enough, when they visit us often enough, we may finally be propelled to act, to get off the couch, out the door, and into the world where we can interact with others and hopefully start turning those visions into reality.” – Amy Fries in The Power of Daydreaming.
Dreaming about making a career out of your sideline passion for design, or your love of education could indicate that your present career is leaving you feeling unfulfilled. Be honest with yourself and ask yourself if your present career still holds meaning for you.
If not, it could be time to start looking
Money is a factor: When making a career move, you should take a lot of time to really think about where you are financially in your life. Do you have a baby on the way? Huge loans to pay off? Think about your life circumstances and not just how you can afford to make the move and but what you would have to have ready in order to make a career change. If its education, you should start looking at going back to school. If it’s experience in another industry, start looking at new prospects and how your current skills can be applied.
Trust your gut: Often times, making a career move will just feel right. You will instinctively know when it is time to move on and get something different. You should always trust your gut. Let you instinct guide you to where you are supposed to be.