From Artur Meyster, Founder of CareerKarma
Anyone can end up in the wrong career for a number of reasons. One of the largest reasons that people find themselves in a bad career fit is because they simply didn’t know enough about the career going into it. Most people graduate high school or college and then head straight into a job with very little life experience. How is it possible for any of them to know what they really want to do when they’ve had such little exposure to adult life?
From that point, 20 years pass and they find themselves incredibly unhappy in a career that doesn’t strike a passion in them whatsoever. Nobody should find themselves in a situation as disheartening as that, so keeping an eye on some signs that you may be in the wrong career is a great strategy to avoid this.
You Don’t Feel Challenged
As counterintuitive as it may seem, being challenged by your work means you may actually be in the right career. Obviously your work shouldn’t be too difficult for you to complete, but a career that keeps you on your toes is sure to capture your interest. On the opposite side of the spectrum, if the day-to-day tasks at your job are too simple and you don’t feel as if your skills are being used, it might be time to look at a different career.
To that point, it’s best to review what exactly your skillset is. Did you happen to pick a career that has nothing to do with your major or intended path? This can often lead to a mismatch of skills and chosen career path.
By not choosing to follow a path that aligns with your skills or interests, you can find yourself completely bored at your job. If you happen to be in this group, it is worth brushing up on how to write a resignation letter and researching some new careers that may be a better fit.
Other Careers Fascinate You
There is no bigger sign that your career is wrong for you than finding yourself envious of other employees with different jobs. There is nothing necessarily wrong with thinking the work a fellow employee performs is fascinating, but if it is negatively impacting how you view your own career then it may be worth considering that you are in the wrong field.
You may be thinking that after years in one field, it is not possible to make a radical switch to another field that uses different skills. Two decades ago, that would have been true. Fortunately, online degrees and programs are prevalent and can give old and young people alike the skills they need to pursue the career that fascinates them.
Besides looking into online degrees, it could be worth pursuing a trade school or bootcamp in another field. For perspective, some of the best data science bootcamps can prepare students for a field that has an average salary above $100,000 in a number of months. Don’t settle for constantly being envious of your coworkers’ careers. Go chase the career you want.
You Can Do Your Job With Closed Eyes
This is similar to your job not challenging you. If it does not challenge you and it is so easy that you can do it with your eyes closed, you are probably not in the best career for your skills. Truthfully, most of the jobs that workers find easy today are traditional jobs of the past. Tech-based jobs are on the rise and have a certain variability in the day-to-day tasks that keep workers hooked.
A field that is both creative while not requiring an obscene amount of tech skills is that of a mobile app developer. It goes without saying that mobile phone use is on the rise and the number of apps that are being developed is increasing as well. Mobile developers need a tiny bit of coding knowledge as well as an eye for aesthetics. A high salary makes this sometimes challenging career path more than worth the effort.
At the end of the day, you should not settle for a career that does not match your interests. It is important that there is a proper alignment between your skills and your work to prevent boredom. After all, happier and more fulfilled employees contribute more to their companies than less happy counterparts. Stop settling and go find the career that fascinates you.