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Here are five signs that you may need to leave your current job:
1. You habitually dread waking up in the morning to go to work.
2. The morning commute is enough to make you want to call in sick (every day).
3. Your current occupation isn't aligned with your ultimate career goal(s).
4. Your co-workers suck ... and your boss is the worst.
5. The company's culture is nonexistent or it doesn't mesh well with you.
If your career isn't going in the direction you'd like, then here are three questions to consider and help you get on the right track:
What is your dream job? If someone came up to you today and said that you could have any job that you wanted tomorrow, what would it be? "Dream job" doesn't necessarily mean it brings in the biggest salary, but rather it's the job that would bring the most fulfillment in your life and career. Think about when you were a kid and said, "I am going to be a (insert dream job as a child) when I grow up!" Now, take that same blissful, fearless ignorance and ask yourself that question today.
If you knew failure wasn't an option, what job would you go after? Some people are too scared to venture out of their comfort zones to go after what they really want in their professionals (and life, for that matter). So, if you knew that failure would be taken out of the equation, what is the profession you would pursue? Of course, failure often helps you appreciate the success that much more, but for the sake of figuring out your ultimate vocation, what is fear holding you back from achieving or trying?
Is it about happiness or money (or both)? You must be realistic with where your aspirations lie. As we mentioned in the first question, if earning a top salary is what you're after, then align your career objectives accordingly. However, if you're more interested in finding a fulfilling career and money isn’t your number one priority, then seek out the occupation that will satisfy your needs. And yes, there are plenty of careers that are both satisfying and lucrative, however, when you're in a dead-end job and looking for a way out, you must figure out what is lacking in your current occupation so that you don't wind up in the same work predicament.
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