Evaluate Your Career With These 7 Questions

Have you ever looked out your office window and wondered if you were in the right place? Maybe you’re concerned that your talents could be put to better use, or you could be making more money doing the same work for someone else.

No matter what profession you are pursuing or industry you are working in, we all come to a point where we can’t help but question our position. When such a time comes, ask yourself these seven simple questions to see if you are in the best position you could possibly be in. And if you find yourself answering no to most of them, it might be time to consider a change.

1. Do you have time for social life?

This may seem completely irrelevant to your job, but it actually makes a world of difference. If you feel like your life consists of nothing but work, sleep, and then more work, you should probably reevaluate your situation. Having social life outside of the office is vital to your mental wellbeing. It can help alleviate stress and give you something to look forward to in your free time.

2. Does your position still offer you challenges?

Do you feel like a zombie at work, just going through the motions and making sure the proper paperwork is filed? If so, you might consider taking on additional responsibilities. Doing work that does not challenge you deprives you of the opportunity to grow and learn. Having to deal with new challenges at work can be a little unsettling at first, but if you are not challenging yourself then you are not taking steps to improve your situation and progress in your career.

3. Do you get to be creative at work?

Most people do not consider themselves to be ‘creative’ individuals, but being creative is not simply limited to artists, architects, and fashion designers. Everyone is creative in their own way, we just need to be offered the opportunity to express our creativity. If your boss or management refuses to accept new ideas and just wants you to stick to formalities, consider finding a new position or taking up a creative hobby during your time off.

4. Do you have time to be with your family?

Having time set aside to spend with family is another factor that can make or break your performance at work. Family is there to support you, and can help you make important decisions about your life and career, but if you find your family time is being too greatly affected by your job, it might be time for a change. Having time with your family is a crucial component to both your mental and physical wellbeing.

5. Does your job offer you adequate financial stability?

When was the last time you heard someone express total satisfaction at their pay rate? Working in a career that you enjoy is very important, but so is ensuring you have the finances to maintain a comfortable lifestyle.

If you have been with your company for sometime and have a solid track record, don’t be afraid to ask for a raise or a promotion. If your company flat out refuses to accommodate you, especially as you get older and acquire additional expenses, it might be time to submit your two-weeks notice. No one is ever comfortable talking about money, but it’s one of those necessary evils you must endure to see that you are being compensated appropriately.

6. Does your job offer the potential for promotions?

If you find yourself in a dead-end position, with no opportunity for advancement or more responsibility, you might consider changing your position. Some people are quite content working in a fixed position their whole career. Most of us, however, like to know we have the potential to grow and to earn more as we go along. It helps us take pride in our efforts and makes our career that much more satisfying.

7. Are you satisfied in your position?

This may seem the simplest question on the list, but it has the potential to be the most important. If you find that you no longer get any enjoyment out of your job, it can be advantageous to both yourself, and the company, to consider a new position, company, or industry. Having a job you dislike cannot only affect your wellbeing, but it can also have a negative impact on the company you work for.

Granted, not all of us can be rock stars, big screen actors, professional athletes, or fashion models, but that doesn’t mean we can’t hold a job that we enjoy doing. If you find you are simply completely unsatisfied with your job, make an honest effort to focus on some aspect of it that you actually enjoy, or consider another position altogether. There is no sense in going through life being unhappy with your job.