Deciding to change jobs or careers is typically a fairly emotional decision, but it’s important to also have a rational element in your decision making process. Assess how you feel about your current position, how the experience you have gained to date has affected you, and what potential there is in your current role.
- Do you feel satisfied? Or do you think you could achieve more?
You may have arrived at your comfort zone, the point where you feel that there is no more to achieve in your current position. Not being challenged or stimulated by your role can be demotivating, and at the very extreme it could lead to unnecessary stress and affect your emotional wellbeing. If this is the case, it’s most likely time to move on, to protect your dignity, happiness and self-esteem.
Think about where you’d like to see yourself in the future, and what you would like to achieve. Compare these goals with your current role to help decide whether or not it’s time to move on – but be sure to weigh up all of the contributing factors before making any decisions.
- Do you think you would feel happier in a new role or working for completely different company?
Ask yourself whether or not you are able to achieve your ambitions with your current employer, and consider other opportunities in the job market that could better help you to achieve them. You are likely to spend a large proportion of your time at work, so the people you work with and the culture of the company can have a significant impact on your career satisfaction and overall happiness. Separating the role from the company will help you to identify which aspect is most in need of change.
- Are you feeling that you are being taken for granted?
This might occur if you don’t feel appreciated or respected enough at work. It always helps to receive recognition from your employer and from people you work with. If you don’t feel that your current role is rewarding you or enhancing the development of your career, then you might end up feeling that you are being taken for granted. In the first instance you might want to raise the issue with your employer, but if you’re unhappy with the way things are going and feel that nothing will improve, then maybe it’s time to move on and find a new challenge.
- How does your current role impact on your personal life?
It can be difficult to find the right balance between work and spending time with family and friends. And even when you do, your priorities are likely to change throughout the different stages of your life. So be sure to identify your lifestyle goals as well as your career goals when making any decisions about your career.
Using a table, write down the positive and negative aspects of where you are now and how you feel about it. Consider where you’d like to be in 5 or 10 years’ time and make a note of that as well. If the negative column is longer than the positive one, then perhaps it’s time to find the next step in your career.
The important thing is to know when to quit, because as entrepreneur Donald Trump says, “Wisdom is in knowing when to stay and when to go.”
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