Most of us spend the significant proportion of our waking hours either at work or carrying out work-related duties outside of the workplace. To live an all-around happy life, one must be content in their role. Many people debate whether or not they should change their career paths but remain unhappy merely because they are unwilling to take the brave step and break into an entirely new career. After all, life is short, so why keep doing something that does not make you happy? Have you lost all interest in your current job? Are you debating whether or not you should take that step and change into a more suited career? If you can relate to the following signs, it may be an indication that you are ready for a career change.

1. You are not reaching expected goals, despite working hard.

You work hard at your job, but it never seems to be good enough, either you are never fully satisfied with your performance, or you do not receive any praise for all the hard work you put in. Perhaps you’re disappointed that you have missed out on promotions to other co-workers. It is challenging to perform to the very best of your abilities if you are not one hundred percent committed or have no passion for the task.

2. You are passionate about or interested in another career.

You have a keen interest in or passion for another area and it’s a dream that you would like to pursue. You find yourself fantasising about continuing that idea and you are envious of those who work in that field. Your gut instinct keeps telling you that you are on the wrong career path.

3. You have never had a career change, you don’t know what you are missing out on.

You have always been working in the same career, but lately, curiosity is beginning to get the better of you. You can’t help but wonder how things might be if you worked in a different job. You feel like there is so much more you could learn and experience, but your current job limits your choices.

4. You are chronically worn out, exhausted and depleted.

Your work is beginning to take its toll on your health, so your mind and body are suffering from the consequences. If this is the case, a career change is vital as excess stress can bring on severe illnesses both physically and mentally.

5. You want to start your own business.

You can not seem to quieten the entrepreneur inside of you. You aspire to be an entrepreneur, to be your boss to concentrate on something that has the purpose to you as well as unlimited earning potential.

6. You fell into your job.

Your career is not something you ever aspired to do. Perhaps you were persuaded by a family member or friend, and you just went with the flow because it was convenient at that time, or maybe you were just unsure about what you wanted in your life.

7. You have reached the stage where your salary no longer compensates for your boredom.

When you first started working, you were satisfied with the salary you received. However, as time progressed, you are beginning to doubt if your salary is enough reason to stay in a job that causes you so much misery. You know that if your unhappiness outweighs the value of your salary, a career change is precisely what you need. Regardless of the salary you earn, no amount of money can buy happiness.

8. Work comes first your family and friends in second place.

You feel that you are missing out on precious moments with family and friends because work demands so much of your time and energy. You feel guilty for not being able to spend as much time with loved ones as you would like. There have been many occasions where your work has unintentionally taken priority over everything else.

9. Your skills, tasks, and responsibilities do not reflect your character.

You feel that many positive characteristics of your personality and your skills and talents are going to waste in your current job. You think you have so much more to offer than what work requires of you.

10. Your job is continuously causing you stress, even outside of your working hours.

You can never fully relax because you are always aware that you will shortly be at work again, or worrying about tasks that have to be performed soon. You sometimes lose sleep at night because you are so worried about work.

11. You do not remember your last holiday.

Although your career is undoubtedly a crucial factor in every individual’s life, everyone must know that there are lots more. The world is your oyster, with so many beautiful places to explore and endless opportunities. If your career is overly time consuming and demanding, leaving you with no spare time for recreational activities or personal enjoyment, a career change may be exactly what you need.