When should I not change jobs?
Is there ever a good time to change companies or move into a different career? Unfortunately, we can’t put other aspects of our life on hold and we can’t foresee what the future is going to bring. We can only act on what is happening right now and if your job is dragging you down, if it’s making you feel miserable, it’s stifling you and impacting your personal life and your health, then the benefits you will reap from taking control of your career and making changes will infiltrate all the other areas of your life.
However, I do recognise that there are a few occasions when it may not be ideal timing and you may want to temporarily hit the pause button before resigning and moving to your new career. I am also not suggesting you resign with no plan or another opportunity lined up, but I do think there are steps you can be taking in the background that will prepare you for when you can let the breaks off and go full throttle. You see with each of these scenarios that there is still action, still reflective work, still discussions to be had (perhaps they may be very secret ones!) enabling you to explore what aspects of a job will work for you, will make you happy, will enable you to perform at your best. Taking action behind the scene will help you feel more positive about your situation and will enable you to see a brighter future.
At the Heart of a Career Change is a list of Questions
Client A’s burning question was what could she do that would bring her a better work-life balance. As a single mum, she was feeling the pressure of being there for the kids with working to meet her financial aspirations and was left having no energy or time for her own self-care and interests. She was on the road to burnout. How could she stop this, how could she find the life she wanted?
After years of working with the same organisation, Client B’s position was made redundant, she questioned how could she regain her confidence and find a career that would suit her and give her the financial security she craved.
Kerrie What Makes a Successful Career Change?
What do you think it takes to make a successful career change? An updated CV and LinkedIn profile? A healthy bank balance? Strong transferrable skills? An idea of what you want to do?
What would you think if I said none of the above was key – that I was off my rocker! Well, consider me that! Because to start your career change you do not need to have any of the above, yes knowing what you want to do or being clear on your transferrable skills can give you a head start but they are all things we can figure out on the way. Having a healthy bank balance can give you the freedom and luxury of time but prioritising updating your CV and/or LinkedIn profile is a waste of your energy if you have no idea of your end destination.
I define a successful career change as a move to a new job that gives you a greater sense of fulfillment, finding something that fits you better so you can be your true self, which meets your needs and desires. And to achieve this we need to have or be willing to work on our belief that we can and do deserve this, we must be willing to take action and be open to involving people. Let me explain more.