CHOOSING A CAREER / NOV. 19, 2014
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How to Know if Your New Career is Right For You

So you have finally mustered up the temerity to resign from your steady job, huh? 

After years of clocking in and clocking out of a job you absolutely detested, you have finally moved on to greener pastures and stationed yourself at a new career you actually enjoy. After a day or two, you are starting to have second thoughts. After all, many of us are creatures of habit and routine, right? 

Last week, Reuters reported that Americans are quitting their jobs at the fastest rate in six years. According to data from the Department of Labor, two percent, or about 2.8 million American workers, quit their job voluntarily. Experts say this is an economic positive for two reasons: it’s an indication the job market is recovering and wage rates have remained stagnant as opposed to decreasing. 

Whether it’s a new career as a work from home freelancer or a new career in a field you always wanted to work in, the question if this was a right move to make will have likely crossed your mind. Remember, it’s easy to second guess your decision after not having to experience of the ordeal of being at your previous place of employment. 

Here are six ways to determine if your new career is right for you: 

1. Waking up happy 

Instead of going to bed dreading the next morning and then waking up dreading the upcoming day, you rise from your bedding sanctuary excited for the new business day and whatever it entails: new tasks, new colleagues, new management, new routine. Rather than being miserable and a Cassandra about your workday, you’re in an enthusiastic mood. 

2. Thinking about work 

The day has come to an end, but even though you’re off the clock you’re still thinking about a remedy to a certain problem at work. Although you’re at home sitting in front of the television browsing through Netflix, you’re mulling over the best solutions to take on this project you’ve been assigned. One more thing: you’re doing it in a positive manner without the expletives. 

3. Avoiding the clock 

One of the most common signs that you abhor your position is if you continually monitor the clock and count down how many seconds you have left until you’re done for the day. Now that you have started a brand new career, are you still looking at the clock every few seconds? If not then you know you have found the right employment opportunity. 

4. Actively participating 

When you worked at your old firm, you likely shunned any workplace activities and decided to refrain from participating in meetings and offsite get togethers. Today, you’re passionate about your new field, company and colleagues so you engage in various tasks, quick meetings and even social affairs - you may even help arrange the aforementioned! If you’re doing all of this with a big smile on your face, then you know you’ve made the right move. 

5. Volunteer to work overtime, weekends 

Before, you never would have even conceived of working an extra hour during the week or a Saturday morning. Fast forward to the present, you’re the first one to volunteer to stay behind on a Thursday afternoon or come in on a Sunday afternoon to work on an important assignment. In fact, you’re now the first one to arrive and the last one to leave on most occasions. You’re that ecstatic about your new career path. 

6. Sharing your industry online 

Rather than being disinterested about your field and completely neglecting the latest trends and developments in your profession, you’re now regularly doing research on what’s hot and what’s not. Not only are you performing your due diligence, you’re also sharing it on Facebook and Twitter, whether it’s articles, videos or quotes from industry leaders. Your social media activities depict you as a dedicated individual who wants to perfect their craft. 

We all go through a period in our life where we hold an incredible amount of disdain for our job and perhaps industry. 

A couple of years ago, a website called The Angry Journalist (it is now defunct) was a hit for media professionals because a reporter outlined his resentment for everyone to see. This prompted other journos to share their stories and hatred for their job. This was an example of career disenfranchisement and abhorrence. Ostensibly, they needed a new career. 

As the data highlights, many people are quitting their jobs and taking that humongous leap out of their comfort zone. Don’t be scared and take that chance to find true occupational happiness. 

 

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