Signs you are pursuing a wrong career

There are many people battling to climb the
wrong career ladder in the society today,
according to experts.

Some blame it on the high rate of
unemployment in the country, some say it is
as a result of poor career advice or lack of it. One thing they agree on is that it is very tough if not impossible for an individual to succeed in a profession that is not meant for them. The reason is simple; square pegs won’t fit in round holes.

Experts say it takes years for some people to realise that they made a mistake in choosing a career. When that happens, some of them take steps to correct the mistake; others end up stuck, forced to settle for limited success.

There are numerous warning signs an
individual can look out for in order to
determine if they have erred when they
decided what profession or job they would
spend their time doing.

The Senior Partner, Smart Work Network
Incorporated, a firm which provides
companies with solutions for their talent
management lifecycle, Mr. Douglas Garner,
says he has seen many people who would
have been millionaires if they had channelled their energies into pursuing the right career but are battling to survive on the wrong job.

Lack of pride in your career

Some of the signs that an individual is walking the wrong career path are:
When your friends ask you for career advice
and the only thing you can honestly tell them is to stay clear from the one you are in; when commuting to your job, your mind is already busy planning your schedule for the moment you clock out; when you wake up on Monday wishing it were Friday, again; when you receive a ‘Needs Improvement’ on your performance review; when your employer decides to transfer you to another functional department to ‘see if things might improve;’when you get on an elevator and somebody asks, ‘how’s it going?’ and you answer, ‘It’s going;’ when you find yourself fantasising about a ‘lost time injury;’ when you are more excited about the food in the cafeteria than
any new client or business announcements;
and when you have calculated and have a
running tally of the number of days you have to ‘survive’ to be ‘fully vested’ in your
company’s retirement system.

Lack of passion or commitment

Forbes Magazine contributor, Erika Anderson, writes in an article that by reviewing the surroundings, job satisfaction and the connection with the profession, an individual can deduce whether the career or job is the right one. On surroundings, she says the realities of the job and the company matter. According to her, it matters whether the work space is comfortable and it makes it easier to do good work. She adds that it also matters if you have the tools and resources you need, and if you like the people around you and consider the processes and policies reasonably efficient.
When it comes to what you do, she explains
that questions regarding whether your day-to-day job “consists of things you like to do (for the most part) and find engaging and
challenging.” It also matters if “your job
generally plays to your strengths – that is, is
your success at work primarily dependent on doing stuff you’re good at doing?”


Here, Anderson writes, “Are you passionate
about the company’s mission? Are you proud to be associated with it? Do you feel
reasonably content and grateful to be working for this company, this department, this boss? Do you feel acknowledged and supported to succeed? If somebody asked you whether you’re planning on building a career here, would you say yes?”
Experts at say the
following signs also indicate that you are in
the wrong profession:

You drag yourself to work everyday

If you find yourself dragging yourself to work today, looking forward to your dentist’s appointment and hoping you are sick every morning, then you are not enjoying your work. It is a sign that this career is probably not giving you what you are looking for in life.

You aren’t good at your work

One of the reasons people enjoy their job is
because they are good at it. Knowing that you excel at what you do makes you instantly happier about your job. Conversely, if you just can’t get your head around what is expected of you, you will be unhappy. It’s time to consider another career. You hate talking about what you do
When you go for a party or a date, if the last thing you want to talk about is your job, then you aren’t happy about what you’re doing and probably need to consider a different line of work.

You constantly complain about your job

Constantly cribbing and bitching about your
job means only one thing – you need to get
another one. Then consider if it is the
workplace, your colleagues or your boss that you can’t tolerate or if it is the work itself. If it’s the latter, look out for a new career.

You go in late and leave early

Lack of motivation manifested in going in late and leaving early is a sure sign that you don’t enjoy what you are doing and should probably consider a different line of work. Regularly shirking your work means you just don’t like your job.

You spend most of your time on the social media

At work, if all you seem to be doing is
browsing on Facebook, then either you have
very little work or you don’t care to complete your work. Both are definite warning signs that you are in the wrong career.

You don’t feel challenged

Some people get extremely de-motivated
when they find themselves in a role that does not challenge them. They will drag themselves to work, bunk whenever possible and generally perform badly. If you are not challenged about your work, consider a different career.

You look for ways to keep busy

If you keep finding yourself looking for ways to keep yourself busy at work, it means you are not challenged and you don’t have enough things to do. Both are certain recipes for disaster so reconsider your career right away. It is a big decision to change your career particularly if you have major responsibilities.

However, if you find a job you love, you will not have to work a day in your life. So, if you are experiencing any of the signs above, bite the bullet and change your career. is your one-stop online news magazine blog. We report credible information as they happen. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get Latest Information.

1 Comment

  1. Akinlemibola Ibukun A.

    November 13, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Hmmm……career catalysis in progress….thumbs up!

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