5 signs it’s time to find a new design job

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Had a bad day at the studio? How about a bad week? How about a few bad weeks? We’ve all contemplated feigning the odd illness of a Monday morning, but the reality is that we spend too much time and energy in work to not feel happy there.

Dream jobs may be few and far between but that’s no reason for you to remain miserable for the sake of a pay cheque.

Here are the signs that it’s time to move on.

You have no drive

Not every role requires burning ambition to take over the company but if you have zero desire to upskill and learn new things, it’s a sure sign you’re unhappy in your role. Part of a satisfying career is finding new ways to improve your work and develop in your position. If that’s nowhere near a priority for you, you need to address it. Apathy is often the first sign that you need a professional move.

You feel smothered

Rather than support you, your manager surveils your workflow and is often critical of your process and timekeeping. You have no creative autonomy and your ideas are frequently shot down or ignored completely. Despite numerous attempts to educate your boss on the best way to communicate with you and your team, nothing changes. Prescriptive briefs are the norm and you find yourself constantly annoyed by the lack of innovative thinking around the office. You’re frustrated. Your colleagues are frustrated. Your output is frustrated.

Toxicity hangs in the air

Between your overbearing boss and your disgruntled colleagues, there’s nothing positive about this work environment. Not only does it stifle your creative process, it actually fills you with dread to be immersed in such negative energy. Communication is stilted and collaboration is near impossible. You long for a workplace that encourages and supports its employees.

You’re underused

There are few things more frustrating than feeling like you’re not reaching your potential in a role. If you’ve been pigeonholed into certain tasks and not given the opportunity to diversify, it makes for a monotonous working day. In order to be satisfied in your job, you need to be given autonomy over your work and the chance to fully use your skills. If this isn’t happening, it’s time to find a company that will nurture your talent.

Your health is suffering

You may notice changes to your weight, energy levels, mood and physical appearance due to strains at work. In extreme cases, you may even find that you’re constantly anxious and have no desire to socialise with friends in or outside of work. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is an unavoidable reality of working life, it’s not and you deserve better.

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