In a Funk at Work? 13 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change.

Members of the Young Entrepreneur Council discuss how you’ll know when it’s time to consider a career switch.
Young Entrepreneur Council
Expert Contributor
February 9, 2021
Updated: July 13, 2021
Young Entrepreneur Council
Expert Contributor
February 9, 2021
Updated: July 13, 2021
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Top row, from left: Diego Orjuela, Bill Mullholland, Samuel Thimothy. Second row, from left: Kevin Leyes, Kelly Richardson, Thomas Griffin, Daisy Jing. Third row, from left: Tyler Bray, Blair Williams, Matthew Capala. Bottom row, from left: Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Shaun Conrad, Vikas Agrawal.

From decreased motivation to frustration with the industry, most professionals face ups and downs in their careers. It’s quite common for even the most passionate employees to fall into a funk, then come through the other side of it just as fulfilled as before. Those negative thoughts or feelings you’re experiencing may also signify something deeper, however.

Below, the members of the Young Entrepreneur Council share some of the signs you may actually be ready for a significant career move. Read on to discover if you’re just in a temporary funk or if you need to consider making a change.

1. The Funk Has Lasted for Months or Years

A funk usually doesnt last for an extended period of time. Its just a cycle that youll go in and out of and is usually determined by outside factors. So, if you are in a position where you have felt like youre in a funk for a long time, evaluate what changes you need to make and if you need to re-examine your career as a whole. —Diego Orjuela, Cables & Sensors

2. You Hate Getting Out of Bed on Monday Mornings

Everyone gets in a funk, but when youre not excited to get out of bed and go to work Monday morning, it may be a sign that its time to make a career change. To survive working long hours and develop the drive to be the best, you have to love what you do. In a pandemic world, we create our own destiny. Live where you want. Do what you want to do. Follow your career passion or the funk will always follow! —Bill Mulholland, ARC Relocation

3. You’ve Already Taken Time to Think Critically About the Situation

How long has this feeling been with you? What about your job irritates or demotivates you? Who do you need to talk to about this development? Is this something that has to do with you or your personal life? Answers to the questions above require time to think, to consider your options and to act accordingly. Time is the only constant here, and theres no other way to figure it out. Take your time. —Samuel Thimothy, OneIMS

4. You’re No Longer Evolving

I consider myself a dynamic person. I like to stay on the cutting edge and innovate whenever possible. One way I identify that its time to move forward is to constantly evaluate the progress I make. If, over a period of time, I dont see an evolution or I feel that I have already accomplished my goal, then I decide it is time to move to the next level in order to maintain constant growth. —Kevin Leyes, Leyes Media

5. You’re Just Working to Pay the Bills

Life sometimes speaks to you in plain sight. It often pushes you around, and each push is telling you to wake up and change your way of life. Have a look at your life and analyze if you love everything that you do or just working to pay the bills. Start delving into your passion and set higher standards for yourself so that you and your loved ones lead their lives without fear or scarcity. —Kelly Richardson, Infobrandz

6. You’re Not Happy With What You’re Doing Every Day

We all have feelings of uncertainty and frustration in our professional lives. But you should know if it’s just a funk or if you need a career change. A good way to know that is to identify if you’re really happy with what you’re doing. See if you're learning new skills and growing professionally. If you have to force yourself to go to work every day, then something surely needs a change. —Thomas Griffin, OptinMonster

7. You’re Questioning Whether You Still Love Your Job

Its time to make a career change when you suddenly find yourself wondering if you still love your job or not, and when all of sudden you feel like dragging yourself to work. At the same time, if you feel unaccomplished and unhappy, you are definitely ready for a new work environment. In the meantime, you can also do stuff youre passionate about to compensate for days you work unhappily. —Daisy Jing, Banish

8. You’ve Taken Time Away From Work and You Still Feel This Way

See if your perspective changes after some time away from your work. A good vacation and time for some creative experimentation or passions will snap you out of an ordinary funk. If you return from the time away determined to change careers, you know the problem was deeper than a temporary loss of enthusiasm, which happens to everybody. —Tyler Bray, TK Trailer Parts

9. Your Current Job Doesn’t Align With Your Passion in Life

An important question to ask yourself is whether your current job aligns with your passion in life. If youre doing something you dont care about and even dislike, theres a strong chance that you feel real discontent and will need to change careers. But if youre working in an area you do care about, then its more likely that youre in a funk and will soon feel better about what you do. —Blair Williams, MemberPress

10. You’re Counting the Minutes Until Your Workday Ends

When you dislike your day and count the minutes until you go home, you are in a bad place. Understanding what flow is and how to apply it to your situation is critical to success. When you work and hours fly by and you are excited about the day, you can build a successful career by matching your occupation to your unique strength. Find your flow state and pursue it. —Matthew Capala, Alphametic

11. You’re Apathetic and Disinterested

If you’ve lost interest and youre feeling apathetic, then that means its time to evaluate what you’re doing and why youre feeling that way. Make a list of things you enjoy and what you dont enjoy. Whatever side is longer will generally win. —Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Marquet Media, LLC

12. You’re Bored and Unchallenged

A fulfilling career is a challenging one. If you are just coasting through each day, you will likely feel bored, detached and unmotivated. Examine your daily activities and the future trajectory of your career. Ask yourself if this is helping you grow or holding you back. This is what made me decide to leave my CPA firm after almost a decade in public accounting to start my own business. —Shaun Conrad, Guitar Repair Bench

13. You’re Surrounded by People Who Don’t Encourage You

We are the average of the five people we keep around. Our environment and friends play a crucial role in our success. Many people don’t achieve their potential due to low standards or effort, and this is contagious, as our brain tries to fit in with our peers to avoid the fear of missing out. Start living up to your potential with some extra effort and drop those who constantly use your time. —Vikas Agrawal, Infobrandz

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