Are You Considering A Career Change?
The traditional ‘job for life’ is long gone, and studies suggest that on average, people tend to have at least nine jobs during their working life. This, however, may be a conservative estimate for the millennial generation, who are becoming well renowned for their job mobility.
If you’re considering a career change, or are no longer feeling the buzz in your current role, it’s great to know that there are options out there. It’s important to consider a change carefully, though, as you spend a big percentage of your lifetime working and you should be aiming to thrive during this time, rather than just survive.
Questions To Ask When You’re Considering A Career Change:
- What is wrong with your current job? People change jobs and move between industries for many reasons, but if you want to look for an alternative, it’s important to ensure that you’re doing it for the right reasons. Do you have problems with your boss or are you no longer inspired by the type of work you do? Staying in a job you hate is detrimental to your physical and mental health, so don’t be tempted to ignore the problems and stick with a role that makes you unhappy.
- Has your performance suffered? If you are not feeling motivated, you may have noticed a drop in your productivity. Ask yourself if this is a self-fulfilling prophecy: are you feeling negative because you are not achieving as much as usual? Consider whether a new environment, a new role or a different approach may be useful to you.
- Do you feel challenged? It’s important to feel that you’re working towards a goal and you are likely to feel demotivated if you do not have achievable aims and targets. However, if your career plan is limited by your current position, or if there is no obvious progression or training plan, it may be wise to seek out opportunities to develop your own skills and experiences and to consider a new position with a company that believes in encouraging staff progression.
- How long have you been in your job? It’s always tricky to start a new job, but most people advise that a six-month settling in period should give you a good grounding in the company and the role you hold. Even if you know very early on that this job is wrong for you, you can use this time to develop your skills and experience and ensure that you will have a good reference!
- What’s the difference? It’s important to compare the pros and cons of your current job and any new role you are considering. Make a note of the benefits, salaries, commute time and company culture and think about where you can make compromises. Looking objectively at these factors can help you to make the right decision for you and your lifestyle.
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