Even in the current economic climate, when taking such a risk could easily backfire, many people would still like to find a new job or change career path. The truth is, many people are too scared to take the plunge and try something new, even if they know deep down that it will be better for them in the long run. It could be fear of the unknown, or perhaps economic need, but the statistics speak for themselves: thousands of professionals stay much longer in their job than they originally planned.
If YOU are unhappy in your current position, or are just wanting to try something different, now could be the time to find a new job. Perhaps you have always wanted to own your own business, but have lacked the confidence and means to be able to do so? Or maybe you have wanted to change career path for a while but have kept putting it off. If so, perhaps it’s time to change gear and seriously consider changing your career. It’s not as daunting as it seems, and a year from now you could be thanking yourself for making such a brave decision.
Am I ready to change career?
It can be tricky to if you have stayed too long at your currently firm. You might not want to leave your current job before you are ready, especially if you feel you could still progress in the position.
– Ask yourself ?
Have you accomplished everything you originally planned to in your current job? If you have, it could be time to move on. Your employer may even feel the same, and may recommend you to prospective employees in the future and tell them that you have exceeded all professional expectations.
– Think about your current position for a few seconds
How do you feel? Could you envisage yourself working there for another six months? Another year? Another five years? Ask yourself about your future, and where you see yourself going in your career. Your current position may not be able to provide you with the job satisfaction you are looking for, and you may be better suited to a position where you will be able to utilize your skill set and experience.
– Discomfort at your current company
If the discomfort of staying with the company outweighs the thought of leaving, then you might want to discuss with friends or relatives about the possibility of you applying for a different job.
– Making the decision to leave
Consider the opportunities in your current position and if there is any scope for career development. If you find your day-to-day duties are unsatisfying, is there a chance you could carry out different work within your current job role?
– Weigh your options, before taking the leap
Does the company offer training schemes so you can garner new skills, or allow you to apply for different positions within the same firm? Weigh up all your options before making the decision to leave, and ask your friends and family for some advice. A second opinion could be extremely useful in this situation.
– Consider your finances
Many people fear leaving their job, especially if they feel they will not be able to support themselves during the transition between leaving their current company and starting work with a new firm.
Ensure that you know how long it will be before you receive your first wage at your new company, and then budget accordingly. Remember that some companies do not issue a wage to their employees straight away, and depending on the date you started, you may have to wait until the following month before you receive your salary.
– Keep your savings handy
You may want to put some money aside before you leave your current position to tide you over if this is the case. If you want to start your own company or to work in a freelance position, you will need to be in a sound financial position to be able to do so.
– Leaving your current job
When you have made the decision to leave your current company, and have been given your notice period, make sure you still perform to the best of your ability until the day you leave.
– Leave on a good note
Leave the company with integrity and respect, even if you have fallen out with your fellow employees or boss. If you are sad about leaving, remember that you are moving onto pastures new, and that you are entering an exciting new stage of your career.
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