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Knowing When it's Time for a Career Change

16-April-2018 6:07
in Learning & Development
by Alex Barrow

Contemplating leaving your job and starting a new career can be a daunting, often confusing decision. For whatever reason it may be, the idea of giving up the security and comfort of your current job and diving into the unknown is often too scary to even think about. Depending on your circumstances and priorities, your job may be the focal point of your life, or it might come secondary to family and personal commitments. Either way, making a career move is a big step. So how do you know if now is the right time to leave?

  1. You’re bored. You no longer feel challenged and every day has become a chore rather than an opportunity. While it’s true that work is inevitable and one must work to live, it’s critical that you find some sort of enjoyment and satisfaction in your role. If the company isn’t giving you what you need to grow, neither you nor your employer are benefiting from the unhealthy relationship you have with your job.


  1. You love your job but it’s not providing you with the means you need to get by. Whether it’s issues with flexibility, salary, distance or long hours, you need to put your needs at the forefront and prioritise what you need and value in your job, and how that balances with other aspects of your life.


  1. On the other hand, the salary might be incredible, but that’s the only thing keeping you there. Like with anything in your life, work is all about balance. Consider looking for similar roles that offer you an equal or even slightly lower pay check but provide you with more job satisfaction. We spend more time at work than with the people in our personal lives; being constantly fed up with your role is a damaging and unhealthy commitment both for yourself and for your company.


  1. You don’t feel the role is a good fit for you and your skills. Sometimes we find ourselves in jobs that just aren’t a good match with ourselves. That can be either a lack of culture, toxicity amongst staff, lack of communication, or you simply don’t feel like you see a future at your current company. It’s important to check in with yourself and evaluate your job satisfaction, and to communicate with your manager or appropriate colleague what is needed for you to work better.


  1. You’ve reached the top and feel as though your company can’t offer you any more growth. This can be a hard decision to make, but you’ve got to do what’s right for your career. Your colleagues will understand, and once you’ve taken the leap, who knows what exciting prospects could arise. To challenge yourself and take the hard route is never an easy decision, but the rewards and skills you develop along the way far outweigh staying in your comfort zone and remaining unhappy.

Whatever your concern, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of what it would mean if you left your current position, and whether you’re willing to undergo lifestyle changes with a new role. For extra professional advice or to discuss your options, contact the team at Granite Consulting today.