3 Ways To Tell If You Should Make A Career Transition
A singular career path is no longer the norm. Developing technologies, the interconnectedness of the world and a different generational mindset all contribute to people changing jobs much more often than they used to.
Lots of people decide at some point or another that it’s time for a change in their career. Changing goals or interests, the direction of a company or an unplanned change in employment can lead to a transition. But how do you know when it’s time to make that leap and leave everything behind? Here are 3 ways to tell:
1. Short term frustration and boredom.
Your work is no longer challenging, your boss is completely unreasonable and your job is no longer secure, leading to daily boredom, frustration and ongoing stress. You could try and ignore these things and push through or you could take control and decide it’s time for a career transition.
2. Long term sense of being stuck.
Your work is no longer important, satisfying or meaningful. Your schedule is demanding and the financial incentive isn’t enough. You’re being left out of vital conversations by management. You have the tell-tale signs of burnout. It might be time to consider moving sideways into a different job or department, or changing your career altogether.
3. External obstacles to development.
You haven’t been considered for a promotion for years, you can’t get useful feedback about your work and you’re out of sync with the office culture. All of this can pile on the pressure and leave you physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. It could be time to make a change.
None of these scenarios are fun. And even though change can be scary or hard work, it can also be incredibly rewarding. If you’re ready to explore possibilities, minimise limitations and create opportunities, then it’s time to make a career transition.