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April 4th, 2012

How Do You Know When It’s Time To Switch Careers?

The following is an insightful piece from, a great resource for professionals seeking fulfilling careers through franchising.

People everywhere are sick of their jobs.

We wrote recently about a Gallup poll showing that 71 percent of American workers are either not engaged in their work or actively disengaged — and that these dismal results dovetail with similar surveys over the last dozen years.

Clearly, something’s wrong with this picture, and we have an idea what it is.

Even if you really enjoy your work and have the world’s greatest boss, you’re still subject to someone else’s priorities, directions and opinions, not yours. If you’re an independent-minded, skilled, driven professional, that can start to rankle after a while.

Here are five signs it might be time for you to switch careers:

You try to visualize your future — and can’t. People who are at least satisfied with their jobs tend to think of their careers strategically: What do I want to accomplish in my career and with this company, what steps can I take to get there, and what skills do I need to achieve my goal? If you try to think about your future in your current career and draw a blank, it’s time for a change.

You find yourself hanging with malcontents — because you’re one of them. We all know what misery loves, and nothing feels more temporarily satisfying while accomplishing nothing than complaining about work. If you’re unhappy, start looking elsewhere or go into business for yourself. It’s that simple.

You’re not developing. One of the best ways to stay engaged in your career is to constantly learn new information and new skills. When you stop learning — or, worse, stop wanting to — your career is dead in the water.

You bristle at directives. When you work for someone else, that person or group of people will tell you what to do, and sometimes you will disagree. That’s natural. But if you find yourself objecting by reflex, or getting hacked off at the most insignificant instruction or suggestion — “Hey, Bill, use an extra scoop of coffee, will you?” “Make your own, you lazy, mud-drinking so-and-so” — you’re chafing at your constraints like an animal in a cage lashing out at the zookeeper.

You do the old pros v. cons exercise, and you have to use an extra sheet to make room for the cons.When you lay it out that clearly, the evidence is hard to ignore.

It’s been a hard ride for everyone lately. The past few years have shown us that nothing’s guaranteed, that the foundation under your job and company can turn from granite to pudding overnight. Wouldn’t it be better to sail or sink on your own terms?

You can do it more easily than you think, with FranNet’s help. For 25 years, FranNet has helped people realize their entrepreneurial dreams by matching them with the right franchise opportunities. FranNet is an international network of franchise consultants that plays “franchise matchmaker” by carefully evaluating our clients’ interests and goals and connecting them to top-rated franchises we’ve worked with for years.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can broaden your career options through franchise ownership, visit them at To learn more about the AlphaGraphics opportunity, click here to view our interactive online brochure.

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