Most people get to a point in their careers where they feel the need to launch into a different line of work. Some even go as far as enrolling for a new course that will help them launch into a new career line. It can be quite confusing and overwhelming to be faced with such a situation. During such moments, you could be filled with self-doubt. Since you are not getting any younger, there are many factors to be taken into consideration before you decide that changing a career line is the right move to make.
How certain are you it’s time for a change:
It’s more difficult to make a career change if you have amassed a lot of experience in your current career. It’s hard to know what another line of work holds for you, especially in a job market that is so saturated. Yet there are times when it takes a long time to realize one’s true passion. If you have finally realized that you have never really had passion for your job, this is enough reason to change careers.
The following should guide you to make the correct decision:
1. Consider whether you are satisfied with your current career:
Assess what you are good at and whether your current career allows you to explore those areas you are good at.
Weigh how much you like working in your current place of work.
What benefits, if any, will you get from your new career, and how do they compare with the benefits you are getting in your current job?
The answers you come up with will help you determine whether a career change is wise or not. Do not be embarrassed to make a change no matter what stage you are in your career. If you are convinced that a change is your best option, go for it.
2. Need for a bigger challenge:
Being on a job for too long can lead to monotony, which in turn creates boredom. This could eventually lead to loss of passion and inevitably push your performance record down. Before you decide that you are done, you should explore all prospects within your current place of work to see how they suit you. If you find that promotional opportunities will be available to you if you get certain educational qualifications, discuss this with your manager.
On the other hand, if even the prospect of a promotion does not motivate you to stay, this should be a sign that it’s time for you to make your move.
3. Lack of recognition on your current job:
Every employee needs recognition for their work. Recognition creates a feeling of appreciation and makes employees want to do better at their jobs. If you have been feeling that your employer does not recognize you for the work you are doing, you might feel that you need to find employment in a place that appreciates its employees.
Seeking recognition at a place of work should be approached with caution. There are some employers who are of the view that since you are being paid to do your job, the salary you get and other terms that are within your contract are all the recognition you deserve.
While this may be the case, taking such a position often results in low morale and employee attrition. Recognition boosts morale and makes employees want to give more time and effort to see their employer succeed.
Different employers use different techniques to recognize their employees for their achievements. Your employer could give you credit for doing a job exceptionally well. You could also be offered a promotion or training opportunities that will allow you to progress to higher positions within the company.
It’s good to remember that even if you feel deserving of recognition, complaining when it’s not given or asking for it in a disrespectful manner is counter-intuitive and will not get you the result you want.
Request for a formal meeting with your manager, where you objectively air your opinions.
Base your reasons on the achievements you have being part of the company, as well as your skills and dedication to the success of the business.
Whatever you do, don’t threaten to leave. If you arrive at the decision to leave, keep it to yourself and resign respectfully.
4. Lack of contentment :
Besides the above, one other reason that could prompt you to want a career change is unhappiness, or lack of contentment.
If you have noticed in recent years that you are not happy or content with your life, assess whether this unhappiness is work related. It’s possible that your lack of contentment is stemming from other areas of your life and has nothing to do with your job. You could be
unconsciously shifting blame to your job as you seek for ways to explain your lack of contentment.
In such a situation, changing your career will not make you happy. You will relax in your next job for a while, where you will imagine that your problems have been sorted and you can finally be happy. However, after settling in on the job, the cycle will repeat itself.
Bottom line: Get career advice. Career coaches are best equipped to help you get some perspective when you feel that your career is at a dead end. Many people who have successfully transitioned from one career to another do so with the help of a career coach.
Having a career you love is important. It’s also important to feel satisfied with the job you are doing. Staying on a job just because it provides you with security is not a good reason. Sooner or later, your performance will show what you feel about your job and at such a point, your employer will have no reason but to terminate your employment.
A career coach will help you consider all factors involved before you terminate your contract. For instance, if part of your transition involves taking a loan for your studies, ask yourself whether you have saved enough to sustain yourself and your family during your
study period. If you haven’t, you might want to consider taking online classes while still on your current job, so as not to lose your salary.
About the author:
Delbert Meluleni is a Human Resource manager who has 10 years’ experience getting people jobs at companies like nationaldebtrelief.com. Visit her site to read her views on career change.
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