10 Signs You're Ready to Switch Careers

If you’re reading this, more than likely there’s something about your job that you wish you could change. Maybe you don’t have very flexible hours. Maybe you feel like your energy and creativity are stifled. Or maybe, you just don’t like what you’re doing.

The good news is that there are jobs where independence, ingenuity and helping your community are rewarded. Think Farm Bureau Financial Services insurance agent.

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, only 30 percent of workers are engaged in their work, which means that 70 percent of Americans are just plodding through their work day, doing what they need to do to keep their position. That’s a startling statistic. Research has shown that happy people are better workers. Do you really want to be stuck at a job where you are unhappy?

If your answer is no, Farm Bureau Financial Services has a test for you. Check out 10 signs that you are ready to switch careers and see how many you identify with.

1. Your Skills Are Ignored

Sitting at your desk and feeling like you can’t make a difference is discouraging to anyone. If you feel as though you’re being overlooked and underpaid, it’s probably a good sign that a change may be in your future.

2. You Don’t Love Your Job

When someone says they truly love their job, you can hear it in their voice and see it in their face. If you can’t muster the same enthusiasm anymore, it may be time to consider another career.

3. Your Innovation is Overlooked

As a creative person, it can be devastating to have your ideas ignored. Go-getters work to find better and more efficient solutions, but some companies do not easily embrace change. After a while, rejection may create feelings of animosity.

4. You’re Just Plain Bored

If you like a challenge, an easy, monotonous job can be mind-numbing. If you find yourself daydreaming or working mindlessly, you might need a job that has more responsibility.

5. The Clock is Ticking

Sometimes, the clock doesn’t move fast enough. Whether it’s waiting for lunch to arrive so you can leave the office for a while, or hoping the end of the day would just arrive already, time is not on your side. Constantly watching the minutes roll by could be a sign that you need a more challenging position.

6. It Keeps You Up at Night

Do thoughts of work keep you up at night? Not only is this very unhealthy, but if your job causes you anxiety or fear, it’s probably a sign that you are not in the right position.

7. You Want to Make a Difference

If your calling is to make a difference in people’s lives, does your job help you fulfill that passion? Can you see your efforts making a difference? Do you feel you could make a difference in someone’s life? If your answer is no, your current job may not be helping you fulfill your life’s passion and goals.

8. It’s Not About The Money

Everyone needs money to live, and sometimes people take a job because they need the salary. However, if even your salary isn’t enough motivation to get you out of bed, there may be a larger issue.

9. It’s Just Not You

Maybe you don’t feel like you fit in with your co-workers, or maybe you just don’t like your day-to-day tasks. Either way, you may have a gut feeling that your current job isn’t best suited for you.

10. There’s Nowhere to Go

Do you dream of becoming a manager, or even working your way up to a higher position? If you do, but you know that it’s not possible where are currently employed, it can squash motivation.

So, how many of these signs rang true for you? If the answer is “a lot,” there’s a good chance you could benefit from a career change.

Farm Bureau Financial Services eases the way for you to change careers. Think changing careers will be too much of a financial hardship? At FBFS, you’ll have the flexibility to keep your day job to see if becoming a Farm Bureau agent is the right fit for you in our Reserve Agent Program. We offer a competitive financing program, comprehensive training, and marketing leads and support. Plus, you'll be backed by a team of talented and supportive individuals who want to see you succeed!

If you want to you run your own business while helping people in your community, see for yourself why being a Farm Bureau agent is one of the best small business opportunities around. Click “Get Started” below to make that first step.

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