I was reading an article recently that said new research shows that 1 in 5 people are poorly suited to their current job. If this research is correct, it means that two million Australians should be preparing themselves for a career change. Turns out that there might be more to Monday-itis than enthusiasm for a long weekend….

Serving a trial period when starting a new job is fairly standard practice, and gives both employee and employer the opportunity to decide whether you are a fit for the organisation and the job. Even if you do enjoy your job in the beginning, in time things can change, for various reasons. A reassessment of your position is the next logical step. Choosing to use the skills you have in a different setting or to reskill may be your preferred option moving forward.

The unfortunate reality is that many people find themselves in jobs for the wrong reasons. Too often the person who can on paper “do the job” is hired over the person who does not necessarily tick all the boxes. What the latter may have over the former however is a great passion and willingness to learn, something which is more powerful and of far value to the employer, as it brings drive and enthusiasm.

Having the skills and knowledge to do a job of course may not mean that you want to do that job all day, very day. Poor morale can cripple a workplace, negatively impacting on relationships, personal drive and productivity. Generally speaking, we work best in a stimulating and interesting environment where the challenges we face give us the opportunity to make a positive contribution. What that looks like will be different for each one of us.

If you regularly struggle with Monday mornings, and Friday afternoon can’t come fast enough, maybe you are one of those two million that needs a change? In the short term even doing the same work for a different employer can be enough to keep things interesting until a better opportunity comes along in a field that is of greater interest.

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