7 Signs to Look Out For If You're Not Meant For An Office Job

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There are many comedic sketches that revolve offices workers who are simply bored out of their minds. And as you may be aware, some of these sketches revolve around the creators own personal experience.

The hit sitcom The Office drew in many millions of viewers during its original run. And that’s because series was incredible relatable to the audience.  

But let’s be a bit serious now.

Many people leave school going into a 9-to-5 job based in an office. Some people prefer working in this environment. But others don’t. And if you’re having trouble imagining yourself working in an office for the next 30 to 40 years, then you might want to consider looking at other career options.

In this post, I share 7 signs to look out for so you know that an office job is not for you:

1. Clock Watching

This is a very easy sign to spot. Rather than you putting 100% of your focus towards your actual work, you always have one eye on the clock situated on the bottom right-hand corner of the screen (top-right if you’re an Apple user).

And you do this for a very good reason. You either want to go on your break or you’re eager to go home.

Another thing this particular sign might lead you to do is to come in work slightly late or just before you are about to start. You do this subconsciously because you don’t want to spend too much time in the office.

2. Browsing the Web

Although many office workers tend to browse the web whilst having a short break. You’re more likely to do it more often than others. Whether that may be checking sports news or simply going on Amazon. Or maybe you want to learn how make origami.

Whatever is it you may be browsing on the web (discretely obviously), it is definitely not work-related. Web browsing during working hours is a form of procrastination.  

And the next point will explain why you might be doing this in the first place.

3. Not Feeling Any Enthusiasm For What You Do

If you find it difficult to wake up in the morning, let alone want to do any work, then chances are you have no enthusiasm for what you do. To put on a “fake” enthusiastic impression is tiresome, especially when you don’t mean it.

But it is worse when you’re only one who isn’t genuinely excited by what you do at work. You soon become envious of those people who love their office jobs. And so you try to imitate them. But to no avail.

4 You Want To Get Away From Your Desk

Being in an office job requires you to remain in a fixed seating position for a large majority of the day. Now there is a great deal of research (ironically conducted by individuals who may also be sitting at desks for a long time) that say prolonged periods of sitting can affect your health.

But for you, not only do you feel agitated for sitting at your desk all day, you have this urge to get away from your desk. You cherish the time going to the photocopier or to the washroom (as strange as that may sound). And as soon as you go on a lunch break, you’ll want to go outside for nice stroll.

5. You Prefer Being Practical or Hands On

Sitting at your desk all day is not practical. To you, it feels very boring. But when you’ve been given an assignment where you are required to be hands on or practical, then you will be first to get involved.

Typical activities you may have enjoyed is organising events, archiving, assembling equipment and even filing. In fact,  any activity that involves you being away from a spreadsheet is something that you enjoy.

6. You Daydream

Typical office job requires you to undertake monotonous duties for prolonged periods. For you, this can be quite tedious. And you also find it difficult to concentrate on doing the same thing over and over again. So to help you overcome this, you daydream.

Whether it may be your dream holiday, the funny moment that you had with your spouse/partner, or imagining yourself scoring the winning point in a sport, your mind is basically telling you that it wants to be elsewhere.

Daydreaming is a form of escapism. And even though it is healthy to immerse yourself in some for of escapism, too much is actually quite bad.

7 Signs to Look Out For If You're Not Meant For An Office Job

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7. You Enjoy Interacting With People

Even though you will build relations with your work colleagues, there will be times when you will feel isolated. Not all offices jobs will allow you interact with the customers.  

And if you crave interaction with different peoples on daily basis, then you’ll probably want to introduce yourself with other people in the office. Although this can serve a number of benefits, it can distract you from your work and it can also disturb other colleagues as well.

What To Do If You Have These Signs?

The signs above doesn’t necessarily mean that an office job is not meant for you. It could mean that you’re ready for another challenge. But if the thought of looking for another office job is giving you a lot of grief, then it might be worth considering a change in career.

If you daydream a lot then it might be worth considering a career in the creativity sector (design etc.). For those who are quite practical and hands on, then I would definitely consider a career in the construction sector. And if you enjoy interacting with people, then look into health and social care.

There are many other career opportunities out there. It is up to you decide which career is right for you. I would take the time to explore different career paths. And even take a skills test, which you can find online.

If your career change requires you to upskill and get a qualification, then you might want to consider taking an online course. There are many advantages to taking an online course. You can study at your own time and you don’t need to quit your day job.

You have to remember that you’re in work for a large portion of your life. So it would be best for you to do something that you enjoy.

Thank you reading.

Are you currently working in an office environment and looking to change career?

If so, what sector would you like to work in? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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Mayur Mistry is a freelance copywriter and blogger from Manchester, UK. He regularly contributes for The Learning Station, an online training provider, where he writes about careers advice, study tips and industry related content, in particularly the construction sector and health and social care.