17 (Often Overlooked) Signs It’s Time To Change Professions

Though you enjoy your time off, you develop an impending sense of dread each Sunday evening around 7 PM.

Thought Catalog
4 min readMay 19


Anna Shvets

By Heidi Priebe

1. You can’t remember the last time you felt excited about a project at work.

Not every task is going to blow your mind, but if you’re consistently uninspired by your day-to-day undertakings, really without exception, it may be an indication that the job is not a great fit for you. Your interest should be sparked at least a fraction of the time.

2. You’re only staying for the money.

You keep telling yourself you’ll quit after the end-of-year bonus or your next big paycheck. No, the next one… And then suddenly it’s three years later and you’re sitting at the exact same desk. The truth is, there will never be a good time to leave a stable source of income. There will only be a time when the satisfaction of doing so finally outweighs the financial risk.

3. Your strengths are not being emphasized (or optimized).

You have a creative mind and a commitment to excellence but you are stuck with tasks that downplay your natural abilities. Your best self has no place in your workspace — which is unfortunate because that is the part of yourself that does the most inspired work.

4. There is a field you’d rather be in, but fear is holding you back from pursuing a career in it.

You know exactly what you’d rather be doing but someone (possibly you) has convinced you that it is a pipe dream. You stay right where you are because it’s easier to fail at a job you don’t care about than a job that you passionately do care about.

5. You never feel stressed in the workplace.

There is absolutely such thing as “healthy stress.” It’s what we feel when we are invested in an undertaking that we want to see prosper. If you never feel stress in the workplace it may be an indication that you aren’t that invested in your job. And that lack of investment makes for some very long days.

6. On the flip side, you are always feeling stressed.



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