Career Development:Radical thought – is it time for you to make career change?
Changing careers isn’t easy. But nor is it as hard as you might imagine. I’ve done it four times. I’ve enjoyed the different careers at different periods in my life and I’ve been pretty lucky and found some success in each one. For me, there always comes a time to move on.
Changing in this way has allowed me to come to terms with a changing economic environment and with changes I wanted to make in my life. Each new direction has built upon the experience and knowledge gained in the last one.
So if you are thinking it may be time for a change, how do you know for sure? Well, answering the following questions might help you to be clearer about your decision.
Are you actually enjoying your present job?
If you’ve recently stopped enjoying the day-to-day activities in your job, consider the reason why? Are you just bored and could you find a new challenge in your present organization? You might think about moving to a different department. Or perhaps a change of employer might be the answer, while staying in your current field. Could it be as simple as finding new and improved ways to meet your present objectives?
If you actively dislike parts of your work, ask yourself whether what you do is typical for someone in your type of role. Do you dislike the job because you don’t get the chance to use all of your talents? If you’re dissatisfied with the job itself, changing department or employer may not improve things. You may want to consider a more radical change.
Do you feel motivated by the people you work with?
How do you get on with colleagues, managers, clients and others in your workplace? Are any problems due to personality clashes with particular people? You’d be surprised how many of my clients find it difficult to get on with their current boss. If this is a problem for you get in touch – there are things you can do to help.
Is it the culture of your workplace?
Do you feel comfortable with how things are done in your current organization? If so, you may want to look at changing your role within the organisation or looking for a different role with a similar employer. If not, then be careful to check out the culture of any new organization before you commit to a move.
Are you satisfied with your work-life balance?
If you’re looking for a better fit with your family life, a change of job isn’t always necessary. Technology is making it possible for more people to spend time working from home. You may have the right to ask your employer to make arrangements for flexible working. Your employer can refuse if there’s a good business reason to do so. But employers are becoming much more willing to consider flexible working?
Is the time right for you to take the risk?
If you have, for example, family responsibilities and others economically dependent on you, then changing now may mean putting others at risk. Also, are you prepared to risk what you have invested in your present role and a possible loss of status? This may be only temporary of course but it may be more significant if you are moving into a new field. In changing careers, timing is all. When you are dealing with lots of other changes in your life, this change may not be right for you at this time.
You need to be very honest with yourself and with other people who may be affected by the change you want to make before you make any binding decisions. And you need to be very realistic about what remains a challenging economic climate. Look for a new role while you are still employed; don’t resign in hope – that is very risky indeed.
If you do decide to make a change – don’t let lack of confidence in yourself get in the way. If I did it, you can too! And if you need support from a coach in making a decision about a career change, please get in touch.
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Enjoy the rest of the week and then have a wonderful and refreshing weekend and good luck to all those looking for work.