NCI Blog

6 Sure Signs That It's Time To Leave Your Job

Posted by Emma Henderson on 05 September 2016

Everyone can feel a little unmotivated from time to time – we’ve all experienced that reluctance to get up when the alarm goes off, or the feeling that we just don’t want to go to work today. But if that feeling starts to become the norm, not the exception, then it’s time to take stock of your life. If you recognise most of these tell-tale signs, then it could be time for you to think seriously about moving on. 

1. You just don’t believe in what you do

If your company’s ethics and values clash with your own, your job might not be a good fit. Working somewhere where you can get behind the mission statement, and that aligns with your personal beliefs and goals, will feel much more fulfilling.

2. You’re bored

Your role has become so monotonous that you could do your job in your sleep. Not only are you not learning anything new, but your skills are actually stagnating. If you’ve talked to your boss and things can’t or won’t change, then it’s time to move on to a new career adventure. It's time to feel challenged again! 

3. You have concerns about the stability of your company or your role

Maybe your industry is struggling, or you have concerns over how your company is being managed. If you’re constantly stressing about redundancies or pay cuts, it’s time to do yourself a favour and jump before you’re pushed.

4. Your health is being affected

Stress can impact on the body in very physical ways, from weakening your resistance to viruses and bacteria, to manifesting in anxiety or panic attacks. When the negativity from your work environment is affecting your health, it’s time to take action.

5. You don’t recognise yourself anymore

If you feel so bitter that your behaviour and mood has changed, it’s a sure sign that something’s wrong. When the way you feel about your job affects not just your work, but the way you think, speak and act - not to mention the general atmosphere in the office – you owe it to yourself to look for something better.

6. You hate your boss – and everyone else you work with

If your boss is a nightmare and you can’t stand your colleagues, it’s not likely that you’re ever going to feel happy in this job. You deserve to work for a company where you can be yourself and feel appreciated and valued - so maybe it's time to look elsewhere. 

Is it time for you to make a change? Come and talk to us at an upcoming open evening, or check out this CV advice from our Careers & Opportunities team. You could also download our free career development toolkit, which will help you develop a clear vision and action plan for your future, and take control of your career.

Download your Career Development Toolkit 

Topics: Career Tips