When to Consider a Job Change: 9 Warning Signs You Shouldn't Ignore

The average person spends over 13 years of their life at work. Spending so much time on an activity that you don’t like or that drives you into stress is a dubious pleasure. Together with the Yandex Practicum online education service, we tell you what signs will tell you that it’s time to change something.    

1. The last time you were praised was last year.

Or never at all. Both the complete absence of feedback and constant criticism can negatively affect the emotional state. But if the second is able to stimulate development and improvement for some time, the first will simply keep it in place. Even if you yourself are trying to master new tools and are constantly learning, the lack of feedback and encouragement for work can make you think about the worthiness of the effort.

When the manager prefers to keep quiet, you can initiate a conversation yourself and directly state that you lack appreciation for your work. And if he scolds, find out what to do to improve performance. And then write out directions for growth and fill in the gaps. Has there been any improvement in communication? Most likely, it’s time to look through the sites to search for a job.

2. You don’t like what you do

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For different reasons. For example, it is difficult for you to force yourself to complete tasks – each one seems like a punishment. Or you consider them a waste of time – you do not see the results of your work. Or the ideals of the company do not coincide with your worldview, you have to step over yourself every day.

The problem may be related to a particular place, or maybe to the profession in general. It’s normal to be disappointed in the direction you once chose. But it’s not worth staying in it and torturing yourself all your life just because of the time spent on training. Unloved work can cause constant stress, and this will negatively affect mental health: it will increase the risk of depression and anxiety, and negatively affect self-esteem. The immune system also does not benefit from regular discontent: short-term stress helps it fight diseases, while long-term stress, on the contrary, weakens it. In addition, it increases the likelihood of certain diseases, including fibromyalgia and heart disorders .

It does not matter at what age you realized that the job did not suit you – at 25, at 30, at 40 or at 50. There is time to learn a new profession and start enjoying work. It is realistic to study a sought-after specialty from scratch on courses from Yandex Practicum even in less than a year – the terms depend on the chosen direction. The online education service has more than 50 programs in marketing, management, design, programming and data analysis. In order not to get lost among them and immediately find a specialty for yourself, you can take a career guidance course . It’s free and only takes two hours.

All programs are compiled by experts based on real tasks: it immediately immerses you in the working environment and better acquaints you with the profession. Students practice their skills on simulators, in code editors and other professional programs – 70% of training is devoted to practice. By the time you release, you will already have a few projects that will form the basis of your portfolio.

3. You face discrimination

If it seems to you that there is discrimination in the company, then most likely it does not seem to you. Gender inequality can manifest itself in many ways: questions about the decree, inappropriate comments about appearance, bias in assessing professionalism, underestimating salaries. Statistics confirm problems with the latter: in 2021, the average salary of women in Russia was 1.5 times less than that of men. The imbalance is especially noticeable in leadership positions: male bosses receive 30.8% more. And in general, girls get to the positions of directors and top managers less often, although the statistics here are more pleasant: 45% versus 55%.

According to a survey of the hh.ru service, employees are more biased towards women leaders. They more often negatively assess their work, believe that they show women’s solidarity in professional matters and are less subject to criticism, because their mistakes are treated more loyally. 39% of the respondents would be happy if a man were taken to the place of their female leader. Only 15% supported the opposite situation.

As a result, it is not so far from the head’s inappropriate jokes about female logic to a real glass ceiling. But not everyone is subject to gender stereotypes: it is real to find a company with modern values and an objective assessment.

4. You are stressed even on weekends.

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All week you count the hours until Friday evening, but when it comes, the expected relaxation does not occur. Because the thoughts about work now and then arise again. By Sunday evening, anxiety appears at all: you go to bed as late as possible in order to at least slightly delay Monday. And so week after week.

Most likely, this indicates burnout – work-related stress, which is accompanied by physical and moral exhaustion, and sometimes the loss of personal identity. Other symptoms of this condition include:

  • regular lack of productivity;

  • lack of energy;

  • dispersion;

  • feeling of disappointment;

  • frequent headaches;

  • sleep disturbances and the digestive system.

Burnout can occur even at your favorite job, so you should not immediately think about quitting. First you need to try to strike a balance between work and personal life.

  • Don’t be overloaded . If you feel that there are too many deadlines, discuss the situation with your manager and try to delegate some of the tasks to colleagues.

  • Find a relaxing activity . Yoga, meeting friends, going for a walk in nature – any way will do.

  • Sleep well . Arrange a weekend at home and spend as much time in bed as your body tells you. Most importantly, do not blame yourself for laziness or lack of socialization. And then try to adjust the sleep pattern.

  • Go for a run . Any physical activity will benefit, but outdoor activities will enhance the fight against stress.
  • Talk to loved ones . The support of friends and family will not be superfluous.

5. You don’t get along with co-workers.

Misunderstanding can relate to the solution of work issues, and any other topics. This is a normal situation, but only if colleagues are ready for dialogue. If all your words are perceived with hostility, it will be more difficult to develop and achieve success. Such an environment can make you afraid to offer new ideas and constantly control yourself so as not to start an argument. It is especially difficult if you are not against one person, but the whole team.

Team tension is one of the triggers for burnout, so it needs to be taken seriously. Try to talk to colleagues about this topic and defuse the situation. If they are adamant, it is better not to hold on to the position and look for a new team in which it will be possible to achieve psychological comfort.

6. You work around the clock

But not because of the peculiarities of the schedule, but because of the avalanche of deadlines. It is not possible to close all tasks in eight hours, so you often have to stay late, come earlier, or even take work on weekends. With such a load, it is easy to earn overwork, even if you like the job and pay extra for overload.

Because of this condition, productivity decreases, irritability increases, mood becomes unstable – relationships with colleagues and friends can suffer from this. To get rid of the excess workload, try talking to your manager – ask them to set fewer tasks for a while. Don’t be afraid to say no if you’re offered a weekend job or a colleague asks for help. Also analyze your schedule: there is a chance that overtime work is not a miscalculation of the boss, but problems with time management.

7. You often feel bad

Headaches, insomnia, indigestion, skin rashes – all this can also be symptoms of overwork and stress from work, if you run them. Of course, you first need to visit specialists to make sure that the problems of the body are not caused by any diseases.

If it turns out that there are no diseases, you need to at least take a break from work. Take an unplanned vacation or a couple of days off to recover. During this time, turn off chats and email notifications, remove everything that reminds you of work from your eyes – try to relax as much as possible. If quality rest doesn’t help and problems reappear upon returning to the office, this is a wake-up call – it’s time to change something.  

8. The company is not developing. And you are with her

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During the year, or maybe several years, neither the salary, nor the position, nor the list of duties have changed. And not only with you: it’s just that the company does not strive to grow. Boredom accompanies every working day, and you understand that you are capable of more.

If you have become attached to colleagues and see the potential of the team, first try to take the initiative. Think about ways to improve current projects, new potentially successful products, channels for promotion – make a list of ideas and voice them at the next meeting with the manager. If the initiative is not appreciated and supported, try to realize the potential in another company. 

Going from stability to nowhere is scary. But it is not necessary to cut off all ties at once: it is real to combine learning a new profession and an old job. In Yandex Practicum , students make their own schedule, so that they can read the theory and complete practical tasks in their free time. The main thing is to keep up with the deadline.

The Workshop has a large team of mentors, curators and reviewers. They will help in the courses, support and motivate. Career center specialists will teach students how to write a resume, write cover letters and pass interviews. They will also regularly share open vacancies in partner companies.

9. You have reached the ceiling in the profession

The tasks have become boring, the steps of the career ladder are over. Once a favorite job has become so boring that even wonderful colleagues and a chic salary cannot save you. There are two exits here. The first is to try to move horizontally: look for a job in a related field, maybe even lower in rank, but with intriguing tasks. For example, retrain from a copywriter to an SMM specialist or from a Python developer to a web developer. Probably, for this you will have to learn new tools, master the software – look at this as an interesting adventure. If something goes wrong, it is never too late to return to the old profession.

The second way is to master a completely new area for yourself. To start, it is not necessary to quit: start getting acquainted with the profession through courses – consider it as a hobby. This will take the edge off the boredom. And when you are sure that you really like it and do it well, you can move on to a full-fledged search for a new job.

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