How To Know If Your Current Career Isn’t For You

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Working shouldn’t just be about paying the bills. Every worker should be able to find fulfillment in their career path irrespective of the money involved. If you’re unsure of your career choice, there are ways to determine if the path you have chosen is right for you.

In the past, I held jobs that I didn’t like because I needed the money. However, now that I landed a job that I actually enjoy, I realize that you don’t need to spend the best days of your life doing something you don’t love because it pays the bills. This piece contains a list of questions I ask myself when reflecting on my career path. Answering these questions helped me go from a job I hated to a career I love.

Am I Always Complaining About Work?

I occasionally complain about my job. It isn’t unusual. However, when complaining becomes a habit, you need to take a step back and reconsider your choice. People who complain about their jobs, not just when they are at home but when they are at work, are not happy. Apart from verbally complaining about your job, you should consider a career change when you always have negative feelings about work. You don’t need to voice the negativity out first before you know something is wrong.

As I recently found out, people who have chosen the right career path always have good things to say about their workplace. They hardly complain about anything and their career is always associated with positive thoughts.

Do I Earn Enough?

Not everyone is going to become a billionaire. You can work for 30 years and never save up to a billion dollars. However, your job should give you enough money for your daily needs and a few luxuries. If you put in a lot of work but you can only afford to live from paycheck to paycheck, it might just be time for a career change.

The first thing I did when I wanted to access a better-paying job was to boost my resume by getting more education. I wanted to be the best version of myself while seeking out new employment. There are many flexible classes you can take at an affordable rate in your local community college. If you don’t have the time, consider taking an online training course. You’ll get the certification you need to boost your resume and advance in your career.

Am I Reaching My Full Potential?

This is a question I absolutely had to answer when I was evaluating my career choices; so do you. Consider this: a person who always wanted to serve and protect as a police officer will not feel like they are reaching their full potential if they are forced to work a desk job in the station. In my case, the feeling of disappointment and lack of fulfillment in my previous roles led to depression and other mental health challenges. To find out if your job is helping you to reach your full potential, you need to define your strengths first. If your job doesn’t give you the chance to reach for the stars and explore your gifts, you need to consider a career change.

Do I Agree With My Employer’s Ethics or Beliefs?

A feminist will not find fulfillment working in an establishment that is biassed against women. A pro-life activist will not find job fulfillment working in a family planning clinic. This is because they don’t believe in the ethics, political orientation, or values of the company. There is no point working in a place that doesn’t align with your views.

Am I Always Thinking About Quitting or Getting Fired?

People who are satisfied with their jobs will not think about quitting now or in the future. I used to always daydream of quitting my job and doing something else. If you are experiencing something similar, it might be a good idea to consider quitting for real and chasing the job of your dreams.

Even if you don’t feel like quitting, thinking that your life would be better off if you were fired is a bad sign. You should not have thoughts of quitting or getting fired except when there is an underlying issue.


Job satisfaction is essential to productivity. If you’re not satisfied with your job, your productivity will suffer and that doesn’t do anyone any good. Following your passion might appear like a risky move when you don’t have a lot of capital but it is a risk you need to take if you ever want to find career fulfillment. This will also go a long way in contributing to your overall satisfaction in life.

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Artur Meyster
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.

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