Realizing that a job (or industry) isn’t for you, and deciding to make a change, can be very difficult, especially as you get older. Here’s the thing, though, if you’re thinking about it enough, it’s probably something worth doing. When you feel like you’re in the wrong place it can be discouraging and depressing; you stop caring and giving it your all, which can have a negative impact on your company and career prospects (to say nothing of your mental health). Why would you want to spend your career this way?
The happiest employees are proud of where they work, and find meaning in what they do, and if that doesn’t seem familiar to you, it might be time to reconsider your job and career. Yes, changing now can mean some big life changes, and that’s scary. But as the poet E.E. Cummings once said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
Here are some reasons why now might be a good time to make a career change: