You’ve just heard about a friend starting her amazing new job. She has a desk with a view, a great team, amazing kitchen, a bar in the office, long lunch breaks, it’s all sugar and candy, tip top wonderful. You start looking around your workplace and you’re wondering if you’re in the right in the job… Maybe it’s time to try something new?
This can be a tough situation. Don’t forget your friend in that shiny new job is in her honeymoon period, things might not be so crash-hot in a few months time when the workload has kicked in. But you do need to think about what’s best for YOU. So, how do you know if you’re in the right job?
Rather than jumping the gun and launching into a job search or thinking about a new career (more on changing career paths in my post here), you’d be better to run an assessment on where you’re currently at.
To help, here’s a set of questions and points to go through if you’re unsure on if you’re in the right job:
Are you happy in your job?
Try and figure out if the down days are exceeding the good ones. Hopefully, you spend more time enjoying your job. Not every day is going to be perfect, but you do want to be h a p p y!
What do you enjoy most at work?
Make a list of all the things you love doing. Think about your favourite tasks and what makes you tick.
What do you not enjoy?
Repeat the list but this time write down those things you dis-like doing. Then you can cross compare them and figure out if you’re spending more time in which category. Obviously we’d hope that you have a longer list about what you enjoy! But if not, then try talking to your boss about it and communicate what the tasks are that you love.
Are you being challenged?
You want to be in a job that is pushing you and challenging you – like I talked about in my post about dealing with work related anxiety, you want to be venturing outside of your comfort zone in order to develop and grow. Try and think about the last time you felt like you ‘stepped up’ at work and what you can do in order to keep moving up.
Are you bottling things up?
If you’re feeling stressed, which can lead to great unhappiness at work, consider reaching out to your boss about it. Your manager isn’t there to judge you but instead they are there to help. Talking about something you’re struggling with at work won’t be perceived as a weakness. Trust me, you’ll feel better about opening up!
Gotta feel the lows to feel the highs
Lulls are normal. Try and stick them out. I recommend giving yourself a few months of assessment before changing jobs and use that time to really analyse if you need to move.
Where would you go if you could pick any job to start next week?
If you could work anywhere in the world, doing anything, what would it be? Think about if your goals are helping you on this pathway.
If you’ve chosen a job for more financial stability over your dream job that won’t earn you much, try and think of a way to do part of that ‘dream job’ in your spare time. If you wanted to be a poet, can you do a writing course or join a group? If you wanted to be a chef, can you run a cooking class in the weekends, or start a food blog? That way you’re keeping your passion alive – and you’ll find you could be a happier person for it.
How long have you been in your job for?
A debated issue is often the duration of your job and the reflection of this on your CV. Us millennials (or Gen Ys) tend to job hop. I personally think you want to stick at a job for at least a year, if not longer.
Do you love your job?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below!