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Signs You're in the Wrong Career

Posted: 04/08/2013 8:13 am

Everyone experiences periods of frustration and dissatisfaction at work, but how do you know it's something that's negatively impacting your life, and that you are ready to jump ship?

The thought of quitting is stressful and we all know that it can disrupt your career and personal life. But staying in an unhappy situation can be far worse! Don't stay put because it's "easy." If you're in a mismatched career or role, watch for the signals:

You keep telling yourself that you'll quit, but you never do. This is a sign that you are not fully satisfied with your current role and this series of "false starts"** is a symptom of something much bigger. Be honest, are you frustrated on a daily basis? Do you resent your teammates or boss? If so, don't allow risk-aversion scare you from pursuing an uncharted path or start a new career.

Stress, anxiety, depression are more common than ever. Workplace stress can manifest itself in many ways. Early in my career, my job was giving me anxiety, insomnia and had me at the brink of tears in the office. Fortunately, I was able to learn techniques to cope with the stress (breathing exercises, therapy) and I learned that my health was a symptom of stress as opposed to the job itself! It is possible that your workplace environment is toxic and leading to health issues. If this is the case, is the current situation fixable?

Are you stuck in a dead-end job? Is there a way to grow and improve, professional or personally? Before you consider quitting, do you see career potential in your organization? Perhaps there are roles within the organization, or there is a need that you can fill in a role that doesn't exist yet. Try to see if there are options from where you stand before you throw the baby out with the bathwater.

- Try to see if your current situation is fixable
- Have some sense of what you want to do next before your quit
- Ultimately, there is no such thing as the "perfect" job -- take things with the highs and lows, just make sure the highs out weigh the low
- If you leave, leave as gracefully as you entered. Disengage in a respectful manner

Written by Abby Ho for 29Secrets.com

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  • Write It In Ink

    "Jenny the Assistant" quickly became a <a href="http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/20610/jenny-the-assistant/" target="_hplink">viral sensation</a> after quitting her job at a brokering firm by writing out her resignation letter in sentences on a white board and taking pictures of herself holding up each section. The letter chronicled all of the horrible things about her boss--bad breath and Farmville habit included--that she had come to hate. A few hours later, however, sources revealed that <a href="http://www.inquisitr.com/81782/elyse-porterfield/" target="_hplink">the quitting had been a staged hoax</a> by the site theChive.com to increase web traffic. Source: <em><a href="http://weeklyworldnews.com/headlines/20610/jenny-the-assistant/" target="_hplink">Weekly World News</a></em>

  • Escape Through The Emergency Chute

    Steven Slater <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/11/steven-slater-jet-blue-fl_n_676139.html#s125291" target="_hplink">made headlines in 2010</a> when he made a dramatic exit from his job as a JetBlue flight attendant. When a passenger refused to leave her bag in the stowaway compartment--and instead gave Slater some serious attitude--he lost it. Infuriated, he quickly got on the flight intercom and announced he was quitting (not to mention offered some choice words to the passenger). Then, grabbing two beers from the plane cooler, Slater activated the escape chute and slid out of the aircraft. Source: <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/steven-slater-jetblue-flight-attendant-bail-emergency-slide/story?id=11367793#.UBbalTFWpD4" target="_hplink"><em>ABCNews.com</em></a>

  • Announce It On The Air

    Inetta Moosetta quit her job at a radio station--which allegedly paid her $6 per hour for six years before offering her a raise--right on the air. After a nearly one-minute rant about how she hated the distrustful office culture, she ended by declaring "If you don't understand what I'm saying listen very closely: I quit!" Source: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/10/7-awesome-ways-people-hav_n_677730.html#s125289&title=Live_On_The" target="_hplink"><em>The Huffington Post</em></a>

  • Use A Video Game

    Talk about tech-savvy ... <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/10/7-awesome-ways-people-hav_n_677730.html#s125176&title=Do_It_With" target="_hplink">The Huffington Post</a> reports that when an anonymous programmer for a company called "2K" decided to quit, he actually designed a video game for his employers to play--each time someone scored, the words "I QUIT!" popped up. Source: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/10/7-awesome-ways-people-hav_n_677730.html#s125176&title=Do_It_With" target="_hplink"><em>The Huffington Post</em></a>

  • Take It To The Press

    Well, they say the pen is mightier than the sword--and one dissatisfied journalist proved just how strong it can be. When asked to put together a profile of the Top 10 Worst CEOs, he included his magazine's own leader in the mix. Needless to say, his editor was fired and so was the unnamed journalist himself. Source: <em><a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2010/08/the-internet-s-best-job-quitting-stories/23388/" target="_hplink">The Atlantic</a></em>

  • Check Out Months Earlier

    Talk about an office surprise: On the day of her retirement party, an anonymous secretary made a shocking confession to the rest of her workplace: "I gave up ages ago," she said. "For months, anything I didn't want to deal with, I've shredded." Source: <em><a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/08/web_explodes_with_best_quittin.html" target="_hplink">New York Magazine</a></em>

  • Say It Through Commercials

    One angry, unnamed television programmer, frustrated with the attitudes of his boss and co-workers, finally decided he'd had enough when he was the only office member required to come into work on July 4th. Alone in the office, he programmed only commercials for the next day's television broadcast--no TV shows. When his infuriated manager called to ask what had happened, he informed him that he was quitting. Source: <em><a href="http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/08/web_explodes_with_best_quittin.html" target="_hplink">New York Magazine</a></em>

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