People keep saying you’d be great at something else
This kind of feedback can be a genuine compliment or a hint that you’re not thriving in your present role. “Often those closest to us see our gifts better than we do,” Pellet says. “Learn to listen and welcome feedback from nontoxic, positive people.” Watch out for these silent signs that your horrible job is impacting your health.
Your body is protesting
One sure sign of being in the wrong career is when your body starts complaining. “Your back goes out a lot, or you have digestive issues, or work brings about migraines or chest pain,” says Laurie Battaglia, CEO and workplace strategist with Aligned at Work in Scottsdale, Arizona. “When our jobs are out of alignment with who we are and our natural strengths, the body talks, and most of us ignore it. We may know other people who get the same symptoms, so it seems ‘normal’ to us. Or, we blame it on aging.”
You’re mentally exhausted
Another silent sign of being in the wrong career is that you go home every day exhausted mentally, and maybe even feel like you didn’t accomplish anything. “It’s normal to have days like that some of the time, but when it’s most of the time, it means you are mismatched to the type of work you are doing,” Battaglia says. “The work you do should make you feel like you are ‘in the zone’ more often than not. You’ll be tired from work, but not that ongoing, drained feeling that sometimes happens.” These are the telltale signs you’re more stressed than you realize.