When your alarm clock rings on a Monday morning, do you experience a feeling of dread? While no job is perfect, the work you do on a day-to-day basis shouldn’t feel treacherous or burdensome. If you’re feeling bored, deflated or unhappy with your job, it’s time to take control of your career and identify what needs to change.
Putting together a plan that fully addresses your professional goals and what’s important to you in a job is the first step to true career satisfaction. As you self-reflect and make a plan of action, here are three questions to ask yourself.
1. Are you growing in your current job?
If every day feels the same – and you don’t feel like you’re learning anything new – it may be time to re-evaluate your career and find employment that allows you to invest in your professional growth. Be honest with yourself and consider your career goals. What skills do you need to improve upon or acquire?
Have you been receiving constructive feedback from your boss or manager? Do you feel confident you’ll get a promotion or raise at your current company? If your job is stunting your growth and making you feel stagnant in your career, you may want to consider looking for a new position that allows you to advance yourself.
2. Do you feel fulfilled at work?
Your job shouldn’t feel like a huge chore – it should be a rewarding experience in which you feel personally fulfilled. While there are always some bad days, if you’re not feeling gratified going into work every day, this is a sign you need a new job.
When you think of fulfillment, consider the type of people whom you wish to work with, as well as the goals and mission of the organization. To feel fulfilled to a large extent, you must be able to connect your personal values to those of your employer. If you’re not feeling fulfilled in your current job, start learning about other employers that may be a better fit.
3. Are you underpaid for what you do?
It’s no surprise that job unhappiness often stems from monetary reasons. If you feel you’re underpaid, you’re likely feeling resentful and unmotivated to perform your best. This can have devastating consequences on your career growth and self-esteem, wreaking havoc on every aspect of your career.
The most important thing you can do in this situation is determine what you believe you should be paid (considering your credentials and experience level) and make a plan to achieve your desired salary. If your current employer won’t give you the compensation you deserve, it’s time to move on.
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