The 7 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Corporate Job (And What To Do About It)

It does not matter how long you have been in your current job.  there will more than likely come a time when you’re stuck. You are bored, looking for things to do and taking on others’ tasks simply in order to stay busy.  At the end of the day, here is your reality:  You have outgrown your job.  You feel you need to either advance in your company, change companies altogether or make the leap into the world of becoming an entrepreneur.


Here are 7 signs that you have more than likely outgrown your job and what to do about it.


1. You’re bored.


When boredom settles in at work, there are a few reasons that can cause this:

  • You are over-qualified for your role
  • You are not being challenged
  • The work you are doing has no meaning
  • Monotony begins to settle into your daily work.
  • You just don’t get excited about the work you are doing.

2. You are taking on work that your boss does not have time to do.

While this may be flattering, if your boss is passing along his or her work to you to finish, your boss may have recognized your boredom, and he/she is trying to keep you engaged.  If you continue taking on work delegated to you by your boss, you may be in the throws of being taken advantage of by your boss, and it is time to speak up or start considering a career change.  If you don’t speak up, you may begin to feel resentment about your job and your boss, which can only make things worse. 

3. You are looking for new things to learn that you haven’t already learned, and you just cannot find it.

You have basically mastered your job, and you know in your heart it is time for something bigger.  When you were the new kid on the block, you were in a constant state of learning and growing and seeking out how to do something new.  If you are seeking new opportunities to learn, that is a great thing.  But if it does not add anything new to your current job, you will more than likely continue to seek out new opportunities to learn and grow that are not being offered to you by your employer.

4. You are not being challenged.

Stop and think for just a moment about the past year.  How many projects were you involved in that challenged you, excited you or made you feel passion about going to work each day?  If you cannot think of a project that challenged and inspired you, that is a sign that you may have reached your peak level of performance in your current job.

5. Your friends, family and colleagues are telling you that you have outgrown your job, and it’s time to move on.

When you have outgrown your job, you may have that inkling inside that asks you “Why are you still here in this job?”  You may not be verbalizing how you feel, but your friends, family and colleagues are asking that same question of you. If you are constantly hearing people ask you about why you are still in your job, it is probably time to start considering other options.

6. There is no room for advancement.

When you interviewed for your position, you may have been told that with your job there was not much room for advancement in the company.  As you moved forward your job, you will started to notice that your ability to “climb the corporate ladder” drastically slowed down or stopped altogether. The only room for advancement is to take your boss’s job, and you know that is not going to happen.  If this is the case, you will continue to be unhappy, and it is time to move to another company or consider starting your own business where the sky is the limit.

7. You are spending time helping other people complete their work.

If you have outgrown your job, you are probably looking for ways to spend your time that are interesting and exciting.  You have completed your day’s tasks, and you are desperately looking for something to do  So, what do you do?  You start helping other people finish their work.  This behavior alone should send signs to your boss that you are not fulfilled in the work you are doing.  If nothing changes, then it is time for you to take charge and make a change.

If you have reached the point where you are completely disengaged and bored with your work and don’t have the motivation to show up fully at work, it is most likely you have outgrown your job, and it is time to step forward and make a fresh start.  There are really only three main choices to make if you truly cannot advance in your company.

  1. You can speak to your boss about a more challenging position with the company.
  2. You can find a similar job in a company where there is room for advancement.
  3. You can leave the corporate world completely and become an entrepreneur. You will become a business owner, become your own boss and you will advance as far as you desire.