3 Clear Signs You're Ready for a Career Change

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By the age of 40, today’s average worker will have held 10 jobs

Unlike boomers who would hold one job for the rest of their professional lives, millennials live for the hop. They are always switching careers, looking for purpose, adventure, greener pastures, or whatever else it is that makes this generation love job-hopping. 

However, at some point, you get tired of switching between jobs. Job hopping can actually derail your professional growth. When you have to change careers, you want to ensure that you’re making the right decision. 

In this article, we’re teaching you how to know it is indeed time for a career change. 

1. You’ve Reached the Apex of the Career 

Almost every career has a ladder; starting from entry-level positions right to the topmost position. Some careers have short ladders, others have long ones. 

If you happened to be in a career with a short ladder, you could get to the top quickly. If this happens and retirement is several years away, you might start wondering what next. 

Well, if you’ve reached the apex of your current career and you’ve got the ambition to achieve more, that’s a clear sign you’re ready for a career change. This might mean entering a new career and starting from the bottom again, but if you’re ready for it, go for it! 

2. Your Hate Your Current Career 

Hands up if you hate your career. 

Aha, all of you can now put down your hands! 

No, really! A whopping 85 percent of workers in the U.S. hate their jobs. Sure, there’s a difference between a job and a career, but you get the point. 

If you hate your career, it means you’re not passionate about what you do. You hate waking up and dressing up for that job. The job doesn’t ignite any happiness in you at all. 

Most people hate their careers because they didn’t choose a profession that they were passionate about. Whatever is driving your hate for your career, it’s important to know it’s not too late to leave. If anything, that’s a clear sign you need a career change. 

3. Your Income Is Not Growing 

Let’s face it: at the end of the day, what we take home matters. 

Nobody wants to pursue a career that doesn’t pay the bills, however passionate they are about it. If your income has been stagnant for a long time and it’s not enough for the financial life you want, it may be the right time to find greener pastures. 

Michael Akbar is an example of how a career transformation can also transform your salary. He built a product, Interview Aikido, that got him a lucrative job offer. His story can inspire you. 

Know When It’s Right to Make a Career Change 

A career change can turn out to be the one thing you needed or it can turn out to be the one thing you didn’t need. What makes the difference is your timing transitioning to new jobs or industries. You need to know when it’s the right time to switch careers. 

Our blog has more career resources. Explore and be informed! Visit the Careers and HR sections of our Bootstrap Business Blog to learn more about career change advice.

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