Career Tips: 5 Signs To Quit A Job

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There is a big difference between a career and a job. While a job can be everything from a high school student working at a local burger joint over summer to a working adult looking for a way to pay the bills, the term career carries the implication of something more long-term. A career might be a specific field for which a person has specific credentials and education and intends to work in permanently, such as a doctor or a lawyer or a software engineer.

While people may change jobs fairly frequently, changing careers is an altogether larger step. It can involve going back to school to get a new education, and upon re-entering the workforce, starting back over at the bottom in an entry-level position. In many cases, a career change is just not practical for a person - but in other cases, a career change makes perfect sense despite the hassle, costs, and trouble of making the switch. Here are five signs that might indicate that it is time to re-evaluate your career:

#1 - You're unemployed and you can't find a job.

In this day and age, several career fields are becoming harder and harder targets for entry-level jobseekers. Numerous technology workers, for example, have been laid off due to outsourcing and then unable to find new work. In addition, manufacturing workers in some states have had trouble re-entering the workforce since there are just fewer manufacturing positions than there used to be. In these cases, training for a new career that has higher demand for workers may be appropriate. In cases that there are more applicants than open jobs, it's inevitable that there won't be a position for everyone.

#2 - You hate your job.

Lots of people aren't satisfied with their lots in life. If you dread getting out of bed every morning and find your job to be a complete drag, it could be time to examine a change. It isn't uncommon that people will enter a particular career field and get a major in that field, but then find that they're not cut out for the work upon entering the workforce.

If the reason you hate your job has to do with your boss or coworkers, or some other aspect of your working environment, it might be possible to work with your employer to change the conditions or at the very worst, look for a new job in the same career field. You will know the difference between needing to find a new job and needing a new career. If it's the work itself that you hate, counting all the prospects for advancement and the future picture, it might be time to look at a new career.

#3 - Your career is not compatible with your desired lifestyle.

One thing that's always certain is that people change. As you mature and your values mature along with you, you may find that a career you loved in your youth becomes second priority to having a stable family and home life. If you have a job that demands long hours and lots of travel, you may like the work but find that it's more important to you to have time with your spouse and children. Alternately, if you crave a lifestyle with career challenges and lots of travel, you may want to look for a career that involves more than just a desk job.

#4 - You have a dream.

Call it a mid-life crisis or whatever you will. Sometimes, people just need to chase their dreams. If you are working in an otherwise decent field but there's something you have always wanted to do and just can't bear the thought of not trying it, that could be a reason for a career change too. If you only live once, you want to make the most of it. There's no shame in having dreams.

#5 - It just feels like time for a change.

When your days feel like just a neverending wheel just turning around and round again, you may just want to take your wheel onto a different track. If you have stable enough personal circumstances, it's not unheard of to try a new career just to do something different.

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