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22 Important Questions to Find Out if You Are in the Right Job

Updated: Jan 25

What job is right for my next step in life? What career path am I actually going for? Is my job search setting me well for that? The nagging feeling that a job might not be for you is not necessarily a negative thing, provided you work on it. Instead of dwelling only on what you may be missing out on, assess what you have before you hand over that resignation.

Work isn't quite as simple as it was in the good old days. Your father might have chosen a field then stuck with it for 40 years. He probably had stayed at the same organisation during his working life. Now, things have changed beyond 'job for life' with people changing jobs at least 5-7 times during their lives. Some also change careers. 2022 was the year when the trend of quiet quitting entered the workplace lexicon.

One of the key reasons for these transitions is 'accidental' career choice. After studies, most of us follow the expected path on autopilot mode and land that first job because of chance encounters, everyone's expectations, or personal connections. Our careers then evolve organically from thereon. As we progress, the paycheque begins to lose its lustre, and we start to introspect if we are in the right job.

With the average Indian spending 48 hours a week at work, stress and burnout have become common in the workplace. According to a 2020 report released by Gi Group India, 43 per cent of corporate India suffers from depression or anxiety disorder.

This statistic would significantly change if you were to get employment in a place where you aren't unhappy. It would be great to have a job that makes you feel great, but finding that, and realising when you have, isn't always easy.

If you're feeling bored or dissatisfied, it may be the job, or field, or You. Have you been in many jobs that don't feel right for you? Every job will have its share of frustrations and challenges. That doesn't necessarily imply you need to give up. But you do need to make an informed decision before taking a significant step.

You can start by asking these twenty-two questions to yourself to uncover whether the current job is the right one for you. Count the number of yeses after you finish. If you score a 14 or more, then your current job is the right one for you.

22 Questions to Ask Yourself before starting that Job Search

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1. Do you 'own' your work?

Do you stand by your actions at work- from the achievements to the mistakes? Are you proud of your hard work and the impact it makes on your co-workers and the organisation as a whole?

If you can't wait to put your stamp on every new project and see value in most of the things you do, then your work is a part of you. And you can't leave you.

2. Do you often find yourself going above and beyond your job description?

Do you put your hand up for extra work or ask your co-workers if you can help them with something? Do you often stretch beyond your comfort zone?

If the answers are in the affirmative, then you're not confined to the immediate job description and are motivated in your job.

3. Does your to-do list seem undaunting, and often interesting?

Do you look at your list of tasks and, at most times, want to get to work straight away? In some cases, you might feel the adrenaline rush as you think about starting the task.

Or do you start putting off the tasks on the list for as long as possible? If this is the case, it is evident that you are unhappy with your job.

4. Does time fly at work?

Do you work with an eye on the clock, or do you not even realise when it's past closing hours? Do you often skip lunch to finish the task at hand? If you are nodding to the latter question, then you enjoy your work.

5. Are you your best self at work?

If you're becoming a person unlike yourself- moody, snappy, unfriendly- and there's no other stress in life, then it may well be because you are dissatisfied with your job.

A job should challenge you and help you grow. It shouldn't make you miserable.

6. Are you engaged at work?

Disengagement is a pertinent sign that you're ready to move on. If you find yourself completing your tasks to the bare minimum without putting much thought into your work, it's a sign that you're not invested in your work. It could be that you need to move up within your organisation for more challenging work, or maybe you need a more significant change.