Five Signs It's Time To Look For A New Medical Job

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Published: 6 Aug 2015      

There are few things worse than working in a job that you hate. Whether you find the work so boring that you spend half of your time staring at the clock, just waiting for when you can leave, or there's little chance of progression beyond the level that you're at, career stagnation is something that many people have experienced at what point or another.

If you're unsure about whether or not you want to stay in your current job role, or move on to another medical job entirely, here are a few tell-tale signs that you need to start looking.


Boredom is an absolute killer when you are working, as it leads to a complete lack of motivation, which in turn makes you not care about the quality of your work. In a medical profession this can be even more dangerous as you may even put somebody's life at risk!

If you find that you're twiddling your thumbs or the work you have simply doesn't provide the challenge that you need then it is time for you to start looking for a new job. It could be the shot in the arm that makes you happy to head into work again.

Constant Complaining

We all feel like complaining about our jobs every now and again. Whether it's working a difficult shift pattern or something that a colleague has done that annoyed you, complaining about it is a good way to relieve whatever stresses it causes.

The problem comes when you seem to constantly complain about every little thing in the job. No matter what you're doing, it always seems to annoy you. This usually means that it's time to move on, because if you aren't happy now it's only going to get worse as time goes on.


Now we don't mean eating when you're meant to be eating. After all, your lunchbreaks are sacred and you should attempt to enjoy them as much as you can, even in a difficult job environment.

No, what we mean here is that you are using food to find comfort and an escape from your job. If you find that you are putting on weight, eating at times that you normally wouldn't or just generally finding solace in food, then this indicates that you aren't happy and need to consider a new career path.

You Never Switch Off

In medical professions it can often be quite difficult to get your head away from your work, but it is extremely important that you make use of the free time that you do have to focus on something that isn't a patient or paperwork.

If you find that all of your free time seems to be taken up by fretting about work, instead of enjoying some welcome relief from it, then that's a sign that you are getting far too stressed out and need to start looking for something that allows you to take the occasional step back.

You Can't Stand Your Colleagues

Having a healthy work environment is crucial to your mental wellbeing, so if you are spending your work hours around people you don't like, or people that don't like you, it can have an enormous effect on the quality of your work and your life in general.

If, for whatever reason, you just don't seem to fit into the culture of your current job then it may be time to start looking at other options. After all, the problem may just be the job, rather than you personally.

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