The positive feelings that come with starting a new job are bound to eventually fade with time. But that doesn’t mean your role should stop exciting you all together, especially if you worked really hard to get it.
If you’re bored at work, frustrated by a lack of opportunities, or not really sure how you feel, it’s probably time to ask: Have I outgrown my current job?
Here are six signs that it might be time to move on:
1. You’ve hit your growth peak
Have talks of promotions, progression and pay rises become distant memories? You might have hit the dreaded ‘growth peak’.
Being dedicated to your current role and company is great, but don’t give up on your own development. It could be time to look for something new if you think there’s a lack of potential for growth and your skills aren’t being utilised in the right areas.
2. Your ideas are “too ambitious”
If your well-developed, data-driven ideas are consistently being called “too ambitious”, it can be really frustrating.
Not every sudden brainwave you have is a home-run, but if you start seeing competitors in your space find success by embracing similar ideas, it could be a sign that your company has gotten too comfortable and is at risk of getting left behind.
It’s worth looking around to see if you could move on to another place that appreciates more creative thinking and has the capabilities to help you execute your ideas.
3. You’re not being challenged
It’s normal for your everyday tasks to feel easier after a while – but flying on autopilot for too long could end up draining you professionally and personally.
In order to grow as an individual, you’ll need to experience some level of pressure and overcome regular challenges at work.
4. You’re spending more time helping others
Do you find yourself constantly volunteering to help others at work? Not because it’s your responsibility, but because you find their role more interesting?
This is another sign that you’re not getting enough fulfilment from your current role. If your boss is aware of your boredom and isn’t trying to help, it might be time to look for a new job with more variety that really captures your imagination.
5. Lunchtimes are the best times
Is the best thing about your job actually related to your role? Or do the highlights of your working day consist of free coffee, FIFA at lunchtime and your position as Office Spotify DJ.
Positive workplace environments are really important, but wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy the other seven hours of your day a bit more?
6. Old tech is holding you back
Your skills will only get you so far – you need to work somewhere with the right tools!
Even if you are being challenged and your ideas are being listened to, you might still feel held back if your company isn’t capitalising on new technology.
Working with substandard equipment is always annoying – but it’s even worse when you can see other companies in your industry investing in digital transformation while you struggle with shoddy software.
Ready to take the next step in your career?
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