It isn’t a failure if you decide after many years that your career isn’t for you. People change and their priorities with them. So, it’s normal to find yourself with over ten years of experience in a field that isn’t for you anymore.

According to Indeed, 49% of employees have done a dramatic career change at some point. You aren’t alone. Here are some signs that will help you decide if your career isn’t for you.

You Hate Talking About Your Career

One of the first signs that your career isn’t for you is that you hate talking about it. Every time you meet with friends and family the first thing people ask is: How are you doing? Or, How is work going?

When you don’t like what you do you start dreading those moments when people ask you those questions. This uncomfortable feeling comes from the fact that you probably feel like your career doesn’t represent who you are. It doesn’t align with what you want or your personality and you probably feel like an impostor.

Sometimes we do this unconsciously and it’s hard to identify it as a sign that we are on the wrong path. Pay attention to your reactions to the questions mentioned before and try to determine how you feel when people ask them.

It Doesn’t Align With Your Values

Another sign is that your career doesn’t align with your values. The hard part about this is that you have to have a clear picture of who you are as a person and what is important to you. If you don’t know what your values are, you won’t know if your career fits them. Take some time to think about it. Maybe your values are honesty, humility, and passion, and what you want most in life is to help others.

Then, you can choose a career where your everyday work has an impact on other people’s lives, such as a doctor, lawyer, or even machine learning engineer to a lesser degree. Our values are generally what defines how we live our lives, so the point is to have a career that doesn’t go against them.

It’s Not Your Passion

Your work not being your passion isn’t a sign by itself. Very few people around the world work in what their passion is. But this coupled with all the other signs is just another reason why you should make a change. You should at least be passionate about the impact your work has.

Guest Blogger Artur Meyster, Career Karma

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