Sometimes, people are too good for their current job – for most of us, this happens when we hold a position that we only see as a “transitional phase”, like a fast food job that helps us save money for college. However, some of us have been stuck doing the same things for years, and when that happens it is not uncommon to simply outgrow your current job and to start expanding your professional horizons. If you suspect that your IQ may be too high for your current job and that it’s time to move on, here are several signs that will surely help you figure out your next move:
1. You Are Constantly Bored At Work
The first and most obvious sign that you have outgrown your job and you are simply too good for it is that you get constantly bored. You keep checking your phone, you are always online on social networking websites, you play computer games or you do anything, but your job. It is not uncommon for people who have a much higher IQ than the one required for a certain position to get bored very quickly, and to be easily distracted at the same time. If you noticed that you simply cannot focus or your job anymore or that you are not as excited to go to work each morning as you once used to be, then perhaps it is time for a fresh new start.
Starting from scratch, with a brand new job that allows you to evolve both personally and professionally may be the best decision for you. It is essential to choose a career that constantly challenges you, one that always keeps you engaged and interested and what makes you want to improve yourself.
2. You Simply Do Not Find Somebody Good Enough To Train You
If you have an entry-level job in a corporation and you are slowly trying to climb all the way to the top, aiming for a management position, then you certainly want to get a good mentor that can help you take your knowledge and your skills to the next level. However, if you feel that nobody is good enough to mentor you, or that your supervisor simply does not have what it takes for that position, then perhaps it is time to reconsider your career path.
It is crucial to find a mentor that stimulates you mentally and professionally, one that you truly have something to learn from – but if your current mentor or teacher tells you things that you already know, things that you can teach your other co-workers yourself, then the chances are that your IQ is too high for your current job. In that case, it is time to do something about it!
3. You Are Always The One Who Identifies Work-Related Problems
This is a particularly important sign for those who are working in the financial field, and who need to be extra careful with the numbers. Have you noticed that you are always the one who is actively getting involved in all sorts of work-related projects? Are you always the first one to identify a problem and to address it before it becomes serious? Are you always the one who takes initiative, the one that is the leader of the group and that all the other co-workers look up to, for help and inspiration? In that case, the chances are that you are more than just suitable for your profession – you may be too good for it! It is important to play with people who are on the same level as you are, as this is the only way to improve yourself!
4. You No Longer Feel The Same About Your Job
This can happen due to a series of different reasons, not just because your IQ is too high for your job. It has happened to all of us to be overly excited about our job at first: it was something new, we got to meet new people and to work in a brand new niche. However, if the time passes and you feel that you are slowly losing your determination and your ambition (or that your job is no longer as important for you as it used to be), then maybe it is time to reconsider your career. Once you start losing interest in your job, there is usually no going back – not even a significant pay rise can take care of that!
5. The CEOs Lack Vision – And You Do Not
The executives of a company should always be the ones who truly have a vision – in the end, the future of the company or corporation lies in their hands, and they cannot afford to make any mistake. However, if you noticed that the executives clearly lack vision or they actually have no long-term plans for the company, then you may be too good for your job especially if you are always the one who comes up with new ideas that turn out to be good.
6. You Are Sailing Smoothly While Your Co-Workers Get Stuck
Another great sign that your IQ may be too high for your current job is that you sail smoothly and manage to handle all your projects effectively, while your co-workers always get stuck and need a helping hand. This can mean that your job is no longer intellectually stimulating for you, and that you are too good for your current position – in that case, you must step your game up!
7. You Have A Progressive View
This one somehow goes hand-in-hand with the sign no. 5. If your executives lack vision while you are always the one who has a progressive view, then you may really be too good for your job. The same principle applies if you are always the one who is trying to make a change for the improvement of the company you are working for: if it has stopped growing (companies tend to do that sometimes) and you come up with a plan that makes it blossom, then you deserve not just a raise – but a brand new job!
8. You Don’t See Yourself Working There In The Long Run
Lastly, if people ask where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years’ time and you simply do not feel like keeping your current job in the long haul, then it is obviously not challenging enough for you and you need to reconsider your priorities.