What do I dislike most about my current job?
The intent of this question is to suss out if your desire for a career change is really just a desire for a job change. Here are the silent signs that indicate you really hate your job. One study found the most common reasons employees leave their jobs are a micromanaging boss, or the feeling that you lack freedom to make decisions about how to do your job, as well as simply tiredness and burnout. The latter are solvable problems that shouldn’t require overhauling your career. Here’s the things HR won’t tell you about keeping your job.
What do I dislike most about my current career path?
If it’s your current job that’s making you feel anxious about your current path, think about your career trajectory as a whole. Are you unhappy with a certain trend in the industry? Not sure there are any companies in your field that will offer you the work-life balance you need? Identify what it is exactly that’s pulling you away, so you can better choose a new target. Here’s the best way to jump back into the workforce after a career break.
What would I miss most about my current work?
Start by looking back on why you chose your career in the first place. Did you miss the mark when you set out to find your dream job? Or did you love it at first and feel it gave you a sense of purpose? Made you feel like you were positively contributing to the world? Gave you a cushy savings account? Lots of time to travel? Ask yourself what you’d miss (and how badly) and whether or not you’d be able to replicate those perks in a new field.