Work. We wake up and typically go to this place each day. We sometimes go because we enjoy it and at other times we go because it’s required if we like providing for ourselves and/ or families. Many of us go into work with the hopes of moving up, with perhaps turning it into a career. Sometimes, though, we outgrow our job. We reach a point where it no longer meets our needs. Eventually we realize this and decide it may be time to take a leap elsewhere. Considering our concerns with leaving the jobs we have tricked ourselves into believing is secure, and venturing into unchartered territory, making this move can be hard. And sometimes recognizing when this move is necessary can be even harder. Now, I like to tell people that I am no expert when it comes to life in general; that instead I am an expert at my life. Throughout my years working I have concocted three tell-tale signs that it is time to move on from your job.
There are no longer opportunities for professional growth
When we enter into a job we do so in order to gain experience. We want to put what we have learned to good use; and rightfully so considering your degree(s) wasn’t cheap. Depending on your work environment the opportunity to elevate professionally may, over time, become nonexistent. That was my experience working in a nonprofit agency. I loved the people I worked with, and the impact my work was making, but there were no positions I could move up to and there was no funding available to support a higher position. Coming straight out of college that was not a big deal for me; however, as more responsibilities came along (children, marriage, bills) it became a little more necessary to have a job that offered a chance to move up; a chance for more security.
The job is no longer a challenge
When we first start out, I’m assuming in most of our jobs, we haven’t had a boat load of experience; there is still some learning to be done. After you have learned your job, and have actively sought new ways to improve upon your position, there may come a time when your job is no longer a challenge. Going to work may be a boring task that leaves you unenthusiastic about being present. Personally when this happened to me I found that I had little energy and little patience about doing the same tasks over and over.
You are losing respect for your job
Losing respect for your job looks different for everyone. For me losing respect meant not caring about being late, finding opportunities to leave early, procrastinating when it came to completing assignments, and sometimes my work lacking quality. I had reached the point where I just simply did not care about my job. By this time I was actively seeking work elsewhere and was just there because I needed a paycheck. This was the time when I realized I was meant to do more, and could do more, with my life. I had settled for the position I was in. I allowed it to be my safety net without there being anything safe about it. When I realized I needed to make changes I gained a burst of energy. Although knowing I had what it took to move on, recognizing the personal signs that it was time to seek a change propelled me even further.
Moving on in life is more about learning yourself than anything else. It’s about looking inward and asking yourself questions about your goals, your ambitions, and yes your weaknesses. Before we can make big changes in our lives we have to answer questions about what we want out of life, what we need, and what has to be done so that these changes are not only made but consistently kept up. As you venture into a new phase really think about those things and answer them to the best of your ability. You may slack off when it comes to a job you have little desire to keep but do not slack off when it comes to creating your life’s work.
About the author: Latanya Muhammad is an advisor, group facilitator and freelance writer who follows a daily mantra to read, write, live and repeat. Her writing has appeared on Blunt Moms and will be appearing on Role Reboot and Her View From Home. When she is not writing, she is wrangling her two children and husband. To read more of her work, or to connect, visit www.shetanagain.com and Shetanagain Writes on Facebook and Instagram.