Change, both personal and professional, can be daunting. This article will help you understand which aspect of your professional life would benefit from change including whether a complete change in job is right for you.
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Many of us have experienced the feeling of being stuck in a job that no longer fulfils us, or perhaps even causes us stress and unhappiness. It's important to identify the aspects of our job that may require change or decide if a career change is right for you. Preventing negative emotions from taking over our lives.
Most jobs have four essential aspects which, if negatively impacted, can motivate us to seek a different career path or job:
Whom you’re working with can significantly impact the quality of your work, how your skills are nurtured, and your feelings surrounding your work-life balance.
Why am I doing this? What’s the point of this task? Why should I do this for you? Are my values at odds with my current role?
If you feel yourself asking these questions frequently, your work may no longer align well with your motivations. Our motivations and interests evolve as we get older, so it’s possible to feel yourself no longer enjoying one of more aspects of your job. It’s important to remember that you should not let this demotivate you but instead let it promote personal growth and upskilling for another path.
If you feel stuck or can’t see further growth in your current job because it isn’t serving your professional goals or exposing you to new experiences, this could be a sign that you’re ready for a new role or career.
If you’ve identified with some of these tell-tale signs, it might well be time to start thinking about your next move and what is best for your mental, physical, or financial health.
Our Head of People and Culture, Suzie Dawes, has shared her expert advice on your next steps:
At this point, it’s a good idea to explore and reflect on what would be the perfect workday for you. Do you prefer remote, hybrid, or office working? Is there an ideal location to be based? Would you like to start your day off with creative work or client relations? Questions like these will help you imagine your ideal career.
Once you’ve done this, you can then begin researching careers and industries that might fit well with your values and skills. Throughout this process, always keep in mind the aspects of your current role that you aren’t enjoying. If you find this challenging, it can help to seek guidance from recruiters, your professional network, or your loved ones.
Now that you’ve narrowed down your desired career fields, you can begin to explore a career in this area. A good way to learn more is to read job descriptions and research other professionals in a similar role.
This will also give you an idea of the qualifications needed and what a typical day might look like in this role.
From your research, write down the skills needed for the specific roles you’re focusing on. Next to this list, note down which areas you match with already, what transferable skills you have and which areas you may need additional training or qualifications for.
Whilst this will come in handy when applying to other roles, updating your CV is a great way to start the process of reflecting on your career and goals, including:
• Personal strengths/weaknesses
• Interpersonal skills
• Hobbies and interests
• A long-term career goal
• Personal achievements and future aspirations
Check out our 14 top tips for creating a stand CV and cover letter.
Whether you’re considering a job change into another industry or the same, make a list of contacts you have in the relevant area. LinkedIn or email (if you have this) is a great way to reach out and start a conversation with these people.
To keep yourself motivated in your career change plan, log milestones and learnings as you make your way towards a full career change.
Setting small goals like ‘reaching out to one person each week’ or ‘learning one new skill this month’ can help keep you from feeling stressed with your new venture. Remember to take it at your own pace to feel comfortable with the change.
It’s never too late to change your job or career if any aspect of it is causing issues or affecting your personal life. We’re here to support you through the decisions you make, weather its retraining for a new career or free career coaching, getting you interview ready. Get in touch with one of our friendly support officers today, to work out the best approach for you.
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