8 Signs You've Chosen the Wrong Job or Career

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According to a survey by the Deloitte Shift Index, 80 percent of employees report job dissatisfaction. Do you fit in this category? Here are 8 signs that you've chosen the wrong job or career.

1. You Daydream About Doing Something Else

Do you ever catch yourself daydreaming about a different job or career? Do you oftentimes sit back and wonder what life would be like had you changed your major in college and chosen a different career path? Thinking about this on occasion and then laughing about it later is one thing, but if you think about this often and find yourself upset afterwards you may have chosen the wrong job or career.

2. Your Resume' Downplays Your Accomplishments

When you accomplish things in life you enjoy, you typically brag and boast. You may even embellish the truth to make it sound like what you've accomplished is more noteworthy than it actually is. If you've done the complete opposite on your resume' in regards to your current job position, this is a sign that you may have chosen the wrong job or career.

3. You're Depressed

Depression can be caused by numerous factors. Job related dissatisfaction can be one of them. You should seek the advice of a medical expert to diagnose you with depression if you feel that your job is contributing to your depression. One sign to look for is a compare and contrast of your outlook on life and your attitude prior to your job and the rate at which this has been negatively impacted throughout the course of your job.

4. Problems at Home

Many people who report severe job dissatisfaction also report an unstable household. They feel disconnected with their spouse/significant other and they lose interest in their children and their children's activities.

5. Promotions and Raises No Longer Excite You

A job promotion and a raise is typically the quintessential sign of job success. It's what most people strive for. However, people who are highly dissatisfied with their job or career only see a promotion and a raise as more responsibility and stress.

6. You'd Rather Be Anywhere Else But Here

Does the thought, "I'd rather be anyplace but here right now," frequently cross your mind? If you could imagine enjoying your least favorite activity over being at your job, you may have chosen the wrong job or career.

7. You Make a Big Deal About Everything

Are you that person in meetings that see's the glass as half empty in every scenario? Are you constantly finding a reason why everything about your job is wrong? Perhaps you even think the high-pitched tone of the office admin is causing a serious disturbance in your ability to enjoy and perform your job properly. If so, you may have chosen the wrong job or career.

8. You're Always Looking for a New Job

Last but not least, the biggest tell tale sign that you've chosen the wrong job or career is if you find yourself frequently updating your resume' and browsing job posting sites. Shockingly, most people who go through these motions don't actually take the action and apply for new jobs. Just the endorphin rush of going through the motions makes people feel like they've taken control. This immediately makes them feel better. If you've reached this point and you truly feel like you've chosen the wrong job and there's nothing you can do to change your perspective, today may be the day to actually take action and apply for some of the jobs you're simply browsing.


Michael Price is an entrepreneur and author of What Next? The Millennial's Guide To Surviving and Thriving in the Real World. An advocate of ideas for radical change, he has received critical acclaim for his lessons in education, career, entrepreneurship and personal finance.

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