Top Signs You Ended Up in the Wrong Career

Article about Top Signs You Ended Up in the Wrong Career

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Artur Meyster activities: , , CTO

Mar 30, 2021

It’s no surprise that millions of people end up in the wrong career. One way or another, sometimes the path we walk isn’t the right choice for us, a fact that few ever realize. Staying in a career that is a bad match for you can lead to mental and physical health problems in the long run. Harley Therapy discusses how depression and anxiety at work can all arise from being in the wrong career, among other effects, so keeping an eye out for some of the warning signs is the best way to lead a happier life.

Fortunately, the signs that you are in the wrong career are typically more obvious than you think. Most of us choose to ignore these signs or write them off as something less important than they actually are. Keeping that in mind, don’t hesitate to pursue a new path if you notice some of the following signs that you’ve ended up in the wrong career

You Can’t Stop the Boredom

Everybody gets bored at work. This isn’t a surprise. However, if your boredom gets to the level that it is constant throughout the day and occurs every day, it may be an indicator that your career is wrong for you. Whether it’s the tasks you’re given or the career as a whole, being bored all the time makes it clear that you haven’t found your passion.

To that point, you will need to be introspective with yourself to determine what will actually capture your interest. A great strategy to do this reflection is to put yourself in the shoes of an interviewer and ask yourself questions. For example, what motivates you? If the passion that drives you to get out of bed in the morning isn’t the same as your career, perhaps you should look into a way of combining them. 

It can be easy to feel trapped at a job or in a career path that you’ve held for most of your life. Fortunately, technology has made it easier than ever to launch a new job. Job Training Hub has a large number of popular online trade schools that can be attended while retaining your full-time job, allowing you to explore a more exciting career while maintaining a stable income. 

You Don’t Know Why You Took the Job

Think back to when you landed whatever job you have now and started down the career path you’re on. Can you think of why you took the job in the first place? Brighton College looked at some of the different reasons people end up in a bad job and doing so to appease others or because others convinced you the job was the right path are two big reasons.

The opinion of your friends and family should certainly hold weight, but at the end of the day, your path is your path, and no one else’s. You should choose the option that resonates with you, not your friends or family. To that end, consider taking an online career quiz to find a path that suits your interests and skills. 

Not knowing why you took a job doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad career fit and you may have gotten lucky with your choice. However, failing to know why you entered a career in the first place is a big sign that you probably aren’t interested in that path.

Your Skills are Underutilized

A career path is, without a doubt, the bad choice when the skills you spent years developing aren’t used at all. To that end, examine what you do daily in your job and if that actually lines up with your skillset. Jobs that are a good match will test your skills and force you to grow in a natural and healthy way.

Think back to your original interview and ask yourself if this is what you expected to be doing. In fact, where do you see yourself in five years? If the answer is doing the same thing and not using any of your skills, it may be time to consider quitting. Leaving a job because it doesn’t align with your skillset is a perfectly acceptable reason and future employers will see this as insight into how reflective and aware you are of yourself.


There is no shame to being in the wrong career, as millions of people are in your same exact shoes. Getting out of that position is the best thing you can do for your overall health, however, and you should always watch for the above signs. Truthfully, as discussed, you may just dislike your job, so it’s important to differentiate what your gripes are and if they are related to your career as a whole or just the job you hold now. Regardless, any unhappiness at work should be addressed as a large majority of your life will be spent working, and it’s unreasonable to spend that time unhappy.


Articles authored by Artur Meyster