Your alarm blares in the wee hours of the morning like a signal of impending doom. You force yourself to get dressed and start the long commute to work. The excitement you once felt about your career is gone, but the pay isn't bad and you have benefits. You justify staying because it's the responsible thing to do. But, should you stay and how can you know when it's time to take another career path?
Going to work is a chore every day
It's not uncommon to have days when you don't feel like going to work. However, if every single work day feels like a chore and you would rather do anything than head to the office, it may be time for a change. Having to force yourself to go to work every day is a big warning sign.
You are only working for the benefits
Your job provides good health care, a great retirement plan, a month of paid vacation, and plenty of sick days. There are many justifiable reasons for remaining at your current job. You may hear your friends complain about the lack of good health care and other poor benefits at their jobs and feel guilty for even contemplating leaving your job.
You are only staying because of your college degree
With the high cost of education, having a college degree in your current field is often a motivator for staying put. You may feel guilty about leaving simply because you no longer have an interest in the field you studied in. The guilt may be especially strong if your parents forked out the money for your education.
How a career coach can help
If you are having doubts about whether your current job is right for you, contacting a career coach is a great first step. A professional career coach will look at your unique situation objectively and help you decide what path is best for you and your family.
In some cases, staying at a job you're less than thrilled about may be necessary. For instance, if you or a family member has health issues and you need good health insurance, it may be wise to wait before making a change. A career coach can help you sort out situations where a job change may be risky.
If you're commuting hours a day, is the extra time away from your family worth it? What if your job allows little room for growth in the company? What if you don't really hate your job, but you're bored? Your career coach will help you weigh the pros and the cons and reach a solution when the answers are not black and white.
Depending on your current age, you may have decades to work before you can retire. Being unhappy with your job is not conducive to a happy and healthy life. If you feel your job is no longer satisfying, a career coach will work with you to navigate the twists, turns, and sometimes risky roads until you arrive at the destination that's best for you.