If you’re beginning to feel unhappy at your job, a knee-jerk reaction may be to quit – but is this the right move for you? Career change can be incredibly rewarding if you are doing it for the right reasons.
A common reason people want to change jobs is because their priorities have shifted. What drove your career in the beginning may be different now. Below we look at some things to think about before making the jump.
What is it you dislike about your job?
It’s quite easy to say ‘I’m not happy anymore’ but it can be more difficult to identify what it is you really dislike. Try to write down the aspects of your job you dislike. For example, is it because you’re bored? Do you feel undervalued? Try to establish why it is you want to leave – and be specific!
What are your drivers?
What drives you now? Do you want to move into an entirely different industry, or do you want a role with more flexibility to work from home? Do you have a passion you want to explore? Understanding your drivers is key to any major life change.
What does your ideal job look like?
Build up a picture of your ideal job and all the components that go with it. Think about ways you can make this happen. Could you do this job in your current company? Does a job like this exist or would you have to create it yourself? Remember – anything is possible.
Do your research
Before making a leap into the unknown, do some research. Try to speak to someone working in the role/industry and ask them some questions. Sometimes we develop a ‘grass is always greener’ mentality and make decisions before really understanding what we’re getting into.
What is holding you back?
If you’ve been thinking about changing jobs for a while, consider what’s holding you back. Are you lacking confidence? Do you need further qualifications? Try to identify your stumbling blocks and how you can overcome them!
When it comes to career change, many of us can benefit from outside help. Career coaches have a wealth of knowledge at their disposal and can take you through the necessary steps to help you change jobs while encouraging confidence and self-belief.