Many people experience feelings of dissatisfaction and frustration about their professional lives when they realize that, while their jobs are “okay” and pay the bills, they are not tapping on their potential, accomplishing their goals, or making progress in the professional world or their particular industry. Ever since the financial turmoil of the market crash in 2008, young people have been told to feel lucky that they are employed at all. But the nagging disenchantment that comes with unfulfilled potential is hard to quell. How do you know whether you’re stuck in a comfort-zone job? How do you decide when it’s time to move on to bigger and better things? Here are a few signs:
1. You hate every task you must perform at work, and resent being assigned all kinds of projects.
2. You’re constantly trying to spend as much time as possible outside of the office – you come late, leave early, and take long and frequent breaks.
3. You count the hours until you can go home on a daily basis.
4. You constantly feel bored, tired, and unchallenged at work.
5. You cannot find a coworker that you like or respect.
6. You dream about another industry or career but are afraid to take the first step.
7. You dread going to work.
8. You simply don’t enjoy your work.
If any of these signs sound a little too familiar, you’re probably aware that although your job may be meeting your basic needs, it isn’t engaging or exciting you at all. It might be time to start exploring night classes, another job, or freelance work that would better use your resources and make you feel more productive. Not everyone has the luxury of pursuing their dreams, but you might just be one of the lucky ones.