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When It's Time to move on: Recognizing the Signals of an Expired Job Journey

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In the journey of our careers, there often comes a time when we find ourselves at a crossroads, questioning whether our current job journey within a particular company has reached its end. Recognizing the signs that indicate it’s time to move on is essential for personal growth, professional fulfillment, and overall well-being. I understand that, due to various life situations and primarily economic reasons, it may not be possible (or the right moment) for you to leave your job. However, for some individuals, these reasons may not be true, may not be valid reasons, they are only mental barriers. If this applies to you, this article is for you. You have to start observing your daily work and ask yourself some questions. I will help you understand if it’s time to move on from your job by exploring each sign and provide insights from experts in the field.

  1. Feeling Stagnant: One of the most apparent signs that your job journey has reached its end is a pervasive feeling of stagnation. When you find yourself in a role that no longer challenges or inspires you, it may be an indication that you have outgrown your current position. According to career coach and author Kathy Caprino, feeling stagnant often arises when individuals have exhausted their potential for learning and development within their current role. To evaluate this, take stock of your accomplishments and growth over the past months or years. If progress has plateaued, it might be time to seek new challenges elsewhere.

  2. Loss of Passion and Motivation: A significant decline in passion and motivation for your work is a strong indicator that your job journey may have reached its end. When tasks and responsibilities no longer ignite enthusiasm or provide a sense of purpose, it becomes essential to reflect on the underlying reasons. Simon Sinek, the leadership expert, suggests that a loss of passion is often a result of a misalignment between personal values and the company’s mission. To reignite your passion, it may be necessary to explore opportunities that align more closely with your core beliefs and values.

  3. Limited Opportunities for Advancement: If you find yourself hitting a career plateau with limited prospects for advancement within your current company, it could be a sign that your job journey has come to an end. Career counselor Richard Nelson Bolles, in his book “What Color Is Your Parachute?“, What Color is Your Parachute by Richard N. Bollesemphasizes the importance of advancement opportunities in maintaining career satisfaction. He encourages individuals to seek companies that offer room for growth, professional development, and upward mobility. Assess whether your current organization provides a clear path for advancement, and if not, consider exploring new avenues that offer greater opportunities for progression.

  4. Misalignment with Company Culture or Values: Feeling a growing disconnect between your personal values and the culture or values of the company is a strong indication that your job journey may be reaching its conclusion. Brené Brown, a renowned author and research professor, highlights the significance of alignment between personal values and organizational culture. When personal values clash with the company’s values, it can lead to feelings of disconnection and dissatisfaction. Evaluating the alignment of your values with those of the organization can help you determine whether it’s time to seek a workplace that better reflects your principles and fosters a sense of belonging.

  5. Lack of Recognition or Appreciation: Consistently feeling undervalued or unappreciated despite your best efforts can be demotivating and demoralizing. Daniel Pink, an acclaimed career expert and author of “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us“, Drive - Daniel Pink emphasizes the importance of recognition in motivating employees. If your contributions and achievements consistently go unnoticed or unrewarded, it may be an indication that your talents and skills would be better appreciated elsewhere. Consider seeking an environment that values and appreciates your efforts to reignite your motivation and job satisfaction.

  6. Changes in Personal or Professional Goals: As individuals grow and evolve, their personal and professional goals may shift. Recognizing these changes and evaluating whether your current job aligns with your new aspirations is crucial. Carol Dweck, a renowned psychologist known for her work on mindset, encourages individuals to embrace growth and adaptability. Regularly assessing your personal and professional goals can help you determine if your current job journey aligns with your evolving needs. If not, it may be time to explore new opportunities that better accommodate your updated goals.



Recognizing when your job journey has reached its end in a company is a vital step in managing your career effectively. By paying attention to these signs you can make informed decisions about your future. Insights from experts like the ones mentioned above highlight the importance of evaluating these indicators. 

Remember to yourself, finding a workplace that nourishes your growth, aligns with your values, and offers room for advancement is crucial for long-term professional satisfaction and success. 

Embrace the opportunities for growth and seek out a career path that aligns with your aspirations and values for a fulfilling and rewarding professional journey.

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