7 Signs It’s Time to Change Your Profession

Joanne Poh



If you’re in the wrong profession, quitting your job and starting a new one doing the same thing isn’t going to help any more than chopping off your head will help to cure a headache. Before you start surfing JobsDB or begging recruiters to get you out of there, here are some signs that you might have to give your career a more thorough overhaul.

1. You’re Just Not That Good

They say you can get good at anything you set your mind to. But when it comes to a job you hate, the problem is usually that you can’t muster up the extra effort necessary to overcome your lack of natural aptitude.

If you are really bad at administrative tasks like photocopying and don’t particularly care enough to get better at them, you probably shouldn’t be a secretary. If you give little children nightmares, you should probably rethink your career as a childcare teacher.


2. You Don’t Even Like It

Nobody likes their job 100% of the time, and that’s okay. Air stewardesses don’t enjoy cleaning airplane toilets, and even Brad Pitt probably doesn’t like putting makeup on before filming. But if you can’t think of anything you like about your job at all apart from the fact that it keeps you from starving, it might be time to say sayonara.


 3. It Doesn’t Suit Your Personality

To succeed in certain kinds of professions, you need a certain kind of personality or to subscribe to certain values, failing which it’s going to be an uphill struggle. If you have serious problems making eye contact, working in public relations or as a KTV hostess might not be for you. Do yourself a favour and leave or face a lifetime of pretending to be someone you’re not.


4. You Never Want to Talk About It

Whenever people ask you what you do for a living, if you get shifty-eyed and mumble something about “working in an office”, all is not right. If just talking about your job makes you feel like you have to lie down and there’s never anything positive at work you want to share with your friends, your gut is telling you that you’d rather be elsewhere.


 5. You Only Care About The Money

If you loathe every single thing about your job except the pay, stay in it long enough and you’ll find yourself bitterly looking back upon those wasted years. Though you might be doing so from the front seat of your Ferrari, I’ll give you that….


6. You Go On Medical Leave a Lot

Remember when you were in primary school and hated that teacher so much you would feel physically ill every time you had to wake up in the morning to catch the school bus? If you still get that feeling as an adult, remember that things are different now—unlike primary school, you can’t just wait 6 years and expect it all to go away.


7. You Welcome Distractions at Work

Sure, we all get waylaid by Youtube every now and then. But if your main goal at work is to get through the day doing as little as possible so you can shop online in peace, then it might be time to find a job you actually more about, unless you want to spend the next three decades of your working life reading about what other people are doing on the Internet.

Do you know of any other warning signs? Let us know in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.