There are some signs you're in the wrong career. What do you want to be when you grow up? This is the age-old question that many expect you to answer by the time you are 18. However, your first choice of career may not always be the right choice and that is okay. Society expects to fit us inside of one box in our twenties but we reserve the right to make our career and our life our own no matter our age and no matter our former choices. Here are some signs you're in the wrong career.
1. Dreading Going to Work
One of the top signs you're in the wrong career is dreading going to work. Mornings suck and coffee is essential for many of us to get ourselves motivated for the day. The dread that comes from the beginning of the day should not continue throughout the day and every day after that. If you dread the work itself and can’t imagine yourself growing in this industry and in the responsibilities, then the dread is for the future and the present and you should not have to live like that.
If you find yourself unable to stop complaining about the work you do and the environment in which you are thrust into, that is a huge red flag. This negativity will feed into the rest of your life and will drag you down in all aspects. You need to discover if this complaining is because of this certain atmosphere and co-workers or if this complaining is because of the work you are expected to do.
3. Not Living up to Your Own Expectations
You have always been a hard worker and once you get to your job in your industry you feel the expectation to continue this work ethic because this is something you chose and this should be something you love. When you sit at your desk, do you find yourself neglecting or underperforming your responsibilities out of the fact that you aren’t motivated and you don’t really care? This underperforming is a strong sign that you are not where you should be.
Life is hard and work is tough but if you are exhausted at the sheer thought of work and you don’t have any energy to put forth in your personal life you may have to rethink your career choice. This exhaustion will lead to burn out and an unfulfilled life if you are not satisfied with the work that you are doing. You want your work to reflect what your heart desires and if your heart wants something different than what you're spending the majority of your time and effort doing then you must listen to your heart.
In the world of social media, we are thrust into living vicariously through other people’s pictures and feeling jealous about other people’s lives. So you need to check in with your jealousy and see what triggers the jealousy. If your triggers include what exactly you see other people are doing in their work life then you might need to think about your priorities and what you want out of your career path and your life.