Time For a New Career?
If your job is no longer making you happy, you may find yourself searching for a new career. Are you ready for change?
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Every time you don’t follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
10 Thoughts on Changing Careers
How do you know when it’s time to change your job? It’s very common for people to grow more and more unhappy with their work or their employment. Leaving a job is a big change in life. You may feel you’ve invested years of your life or have built social networks with the people in your office community. If you are questioning your job, see if you can analyze why. Here are ten issues to consider that may give you insight into your true intentions.
10. Face New Challenges
It may be that your current job simply doesn't challenge you. Sometimes a job can be too easy, where the work is repetitive, slow-paced, and no longer takes much effort. Fresh challenges make put your experience to use so that you feel like you are living up to your potential. Would different work allow you to use your natural talents and strengths?
9. Master New Skills
When you started your job, the work was all new. There were many things you had to learn and skills you needed to accomplish. Gradually as you mastered your daily tasks, you became an expert at your particular job requirements. Though there is satisfaction in a job well done, learning new skills is exciting and engaging. Would a different job in your industry allow you to learn new skills?
8. Increase Your Salary
Often the same jobs in similar industries pay vastly different amounts. You may be able to increase your earning power if you do a little research. The skills you have acquired may give you increased income opportunities in a new field. Would a new job boost your earning potential?
7. Job Focuses on Weaknesses
Are you not finding opportunities to shine at work? Your unique strengths are what allow you to do fulfilling work. Employment is best when the job recognizes each employee’s unique qualities. For the best work conditions your position should play to your skills or strongest abilities. If not, can you find a job that recognizes your strengths?
6. Feel Tense With Supervisors
Are you uncomfortable around your boss? Maybe you feel that your supervisor doesn’t do the job well, or that you could do the job better. Perhaps you are feeling a lack of leadership qualities or that your boss takes the team in the wrong direction. A problem in communication can leave your exchanges tense with second-guessing or distrust. Bitterness and resentment can result from these types of situations. Would your work improve under a different leader?
5. Feeling Burnt Out
A satisfying job leaves you inspired and motivates you with increased energy. Too often, however, people report that work takes too much out of them with little enough in return. All workers need recognition and reward beyond the contracted salary. At the end of the day, are you feeling tired and burnt out?
4. Sense of a Hostile Atmosphere
Your coworkers, including your immediate supervisors, are often part of your social network. Most every company, office, or job team develops a complicated work culture. Co-workers bond and become stronger teammates. Sometimes, the connection goes wrong. Just a few co-workers spreading hostility can create a negative work environment. Or sometimes the problem is that your work is not in line with your personal values. Do you feel you might bond better in a different work community?
3. Change in Personal Life
Major life changes—marriage, having a child, death in the family, an aging parent moving in with you—can create difficult home and life situations that may temporarily require more of your time outside the job. If there is a major change in your personal life that your boss is unwilling to work around, would another career support a healthier balance of work and life?
2. Moving in a New Direction
Have you reached a new career milestone? Earning a degree or fulfilling certification requirements should open doors for you. If you are stuck at the same level, you may feel are not living up to your potential. You most likely have been planning and training for years to reach this milestone. If your job is not recognizing this transition potential, would beginning a new career path be a better choice?
1. A Better Offer
Since you started your job, you may have become very good at what you do. Professionals who are tops in their fields get noticed. Perhaps you have caught the notice of another company that has given you what seems like a better offer. However, some people who are good at their jobs, are often are happier to stay put. A safe strategy may be to give your employer a chance to counter-offer. If it comes down to wondering about that better offer, are you ready to take a risk for the rewards of a new career?
Are you able to make up your mind? There may be no clear or easy answer to the question of leaving your job. And there can be many reasons you are reluctant to leave—the economy is bad, you have family commitments, or there are limited opportunities elsewhere in your field. Sometimes your active position is simply not quite the right fit. A wiser approach might be to find ways to make your current job better for you.
If you have a sense of wanting to move ahead in life or you are an ambitious person, it’s likely that you will have to make a major job change at some point in your life. Although you may have dread or fear, trust that it can turn out to be a good thing for you, perhaps the best decision you have ever made. Often, the best rewards require at least a little risk.
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