Where Are You In Your Career?
From time to time we all evaluate our career, but for some of us, it’s more serious. If you’re at the point of re-evaluating your choice completely, the idea of starting again and trying something new can be frightening.
To help you choose your direction and show you’re not alone, here are our tips for managing a career crossroads.
Am I ready to make a change?
Switching careers can be a tough decision, especially if you’ve already established yourself in your current position. Change can be unpredictable and the chances are you’ll naturally feel some trepidation.
Although starting afresh can seem overwhelming, the long-term benefits can often make the change worthwhile. Why not ask yourself a few key questions. Are you happy in your current job? What are you good at, and are you given opportunities to demonstrate it?
Ultimately the question that it comes down to is, do you enjoy working for your current employer?
By being honest with yourself, the answers should help you to decide if a change is the right for you. Keep an open mind, talk it through, and remember: there’s nothing wrong with checking what else is available.
I like my job, but I don’t feel challenged
Sometimes, the company and environment are right, but your career just needs a little push.
Your job can become repetitive if you don’t feel challenged. There’s nothing wrong with knowing a job inside out, but if you’ve lost the passion for your profession, your performance will also start to slip.
Before making the leap – if you feel you can – why not talk to your current employee about new opportunities. If nothing else if your enthusiasm shines through then you should score brownie points for asking. And if there is no new opportunity, then may be it will make the decision for you to change your career.
I feel underappreciated
If you don’t feel as though you’re being recognised for the work you’ve been doing, you may feel that it’s time to move on.
Recognition comes in a number of different forms. Sometimes it’s as simple as being given credit for a job well done. It could also come from career progression, promotion or from financial rewards. If you’ve been at the company for a number of years, it might be time to ask for any of the above.
Any of the above can be a tricky topic to bring up with your manager. However, if you approach it in the right way then it needn’t be a problem. Ask for the chance to sit down and discuss your concerns and, before the meeting, make sure you’ve prepared the reasons why you feel you deserve what you are asking for.
You should consider major achievements whilst with the company, the skills you bring to the job and your loyalty to the business. Remember, money isn’t everything, but it’s important to make sure that you’re getting paid for the work you’re doing. If not, it may be time to move on.
Am I Happy?
There are many good reasons for re-evaluating your career. However, you have to make sure you’re doing so for the right reasons. If you’re unhappy, it’s vital to consider if this is simply work related.
Ask yourself some tough questions. Are you bored with other aspects of your life? Are you focusing the blame on your work? Can you say for sure if a change of career would make you happier?
Speak to someone else for advice. Is there anyone you know who’s made a career transition themselves?
Unfortunately, we’re not all lucky enough to do something we love as a career. However, job satisfaction can be vitally important – you do spend a lot of your life at work, so it needs to count. If the only reason you’re staying with an employer is because you’re comfortable, this might not be reason enough.
Whatever the reasons for evaluating your career, remember: you always have a choice. There’s never only one turning at a crossroads. Consider what you’re passionate about, what you’re capable of, and what will be financially viable for you. And, if your current situation still isn’t right, then it may be time to make the move.
But overall, remember you’re not alone and there are a number of people you can talk through the situation and become clearer in your own mind about your next step.