Have you lost motivation for your career? The telltale signs usually have nothing to do with your employer or your commute. You may feel lost in your 9 to 5 routine without the energy to change your situation. The drive you once felt to climb the career ladder is nowhere to be found. The thought of a promotion is not exciting and looking for another job in your career field seems equally boring.

Your situation does not sound desirable at all, but there’s a bright side that you’ve overlooked. Once you learn more about the signs of a career funk, change can begin for you. Yes, change is on the horizon!

Change takes a lot of courage and we all have the ability to do what’s needed to live a better life. If you recognize these feelings in the points below, it might be time to admit that a new career is what your future needs.


  • Lacking Motivation
    Getting ahead requires motivation and a lot of fire. If you show up to your job with a lack-luster drive to learn new tools or information that make you a stronger employee, then you lack motivation. You need to find a career that will give you back your fire!
  • You Stopped Caring
    Your daily grind might consists of eating too much junk food, drinking too much coffee and a lot of watching television after a long boring day at work. Who wants to read about the benefits of physical activity when your career feels drab?  If this sounds like you then you’re totally burnout and it’s time for a change.
  • You Stopped Learning
    Do you remember when you were fresh from graduating or joining the workforce for the first time? It was so exciting learn anything new. Continuing education in your career field puts you at the top of your game. If you’re not excited about that, it may be time to reconsider what you are doing.


If you’re suffering from career burnout, the best move is to make a list. Consider these points about yourself and be honest.

  • Favorite Skills
    Only include the skills you have that you would enjoy learning more about. Also, think about what skills you have that make you happy.
  • Interests
    What are your interests and what are you most passionate to learn more about? If a career change is not possible for you, consider studying a course on the side, you can explore your hobby and interests after work.
  • Cross-Train
    If you enjoy your career field but the job you perform is the problem, apply for another position within your company or ask your boss if you can cross-train into another department or if they can fund a higher education course that interests you. Sometimes a change of scenery is all that’s needed for a fresh mindset.

Keep in mind that it’s okay to change career fields. Employment for many will be a 40+ year journey and no one said we need to perform the same job for our entire work life. Enjoy the change and embrace the excitement of entering a new career field.