When is a career change right?← Back
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You’re sick of doing the same office tasks day in, day out, or maybe you’ve always felt you had the right skills for a retail management job. Could it be time for a career change?
Although many people face this dilemma, it’s not a decision that comes easily, not least because it’s one that’s usually accompanied by many questions. First and foremost, is it the right time to be contemplating this move?
If there’s no room for progression in your current job, then you might want to reconsider your career. Whether it’s unlikely that you’ll be getting promoted or that there’s no pay rise in sight, these can all be factors that might push you to make the jump.
That said, the decision to change career isn’t necessarily driven by the desire to climb the career-ladder or earn more money. It could also be that your current job isn’t fulfilling anymore and that you’re no longer getting satisfaction from your work. As a result, your interest is dwindling and you’re less productive – in which case it’s time to find a new role that is going to motivate you.
In every career, there comes a moment when paths divide. Your beliefs and values are no longer aligned with those of the company you’re working for; you’ve got skills, but you feel unappreciated by your boss. For whatever reason, if you don’t feel you’re compatible with your company anymore, then you might want to start looking around for a better match.
In an extreme case, maybe you’ve been diagnosed with burnout. A range of factors can trigger burnout whether it’s friction with colleagues or a heavy workload. Result? You’re feeling overworked, irritable or exhausted. In which case it’s probably time to change tack, rather than jeopardise your health.
A career change can also be bought on by external reasons – for example, you’ve had to move area or you’ve been made redundant. These outside influences may be out of your control, but you can make the most of the situation in hand by reassessing. Maybe this is the very opportunity to pursue that dream retail management job.
In all of these cases it’s important to reflect on what you want. What do you expect from your career? What skills do you have? What opportunities are out there for you? The key is to work out what’s wrong with your current professional situation and to assess how you can improve it. A career change is a big move and will necessarily entail challenges. However, if you want to move forward, this could be exactly what you need at this point in your professional life.