6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Job Offer
Wow! You didn’t think you would actually get the job, but you have, the email is right there in front of you, congratulations you can finally plan your escape.
But do you want it?
Something isn’t sitting quite right… you can’t put your finger on it.
Putting yourself at the centre of your decision, use these 6 questions to really sense check if this job offer is going to fit you and give you what you want and need and avoid being on the verge of saying yes because you are caught in an escapism or obligatory mindset.
Has your career plan gone awol?
‘Kerrie, I want to be the most important person in the room?’ Many years ago I was having a conversation with a colleague about their career, he always seemed to know exactly what he wanted, yet I never felt I had a clear plan. I can remember feeling inadequate, why couldn’t I speak with conviction like him, what was wrong with me? Indecisive; lack of personal insight? Was I wasting time doing something that wasn’t me?
The reality of not feeling valued in your career
“I had worked my socks off, stayed late, sacrificed family weekends so that we could launch on time, within budget and getting the results. Not one person said well done, great job, it was almost as if nothing had happened. I felt deflated like it didn’t matter and wasn’t important. I started to question myself and whether I was doing a good enough job.”
We all have a need to have our contributions recognised and when we feel our input is being overlooked we can start to question whether we are good enough and ultimately whether we belong.
So what can we do if we feel undervalued?
Why being a Jack of all Trades is great grounding for a career change.
Last week within the Kick Start Your Career Change Mastermind there was a general theme amongst a number of the cohorts that they had become ‘Jack of all Trades’ within their careers. Over time they had seen their job grow in remit, taking on many things that were outside their initial responsibilities and this got me thinking and wondering are we all becoming Jacks and how does this impact the career change process?
Can't change career or won't?
Have you be thinking about making a change to your career for a while now? You know you want to do something but you quickly follow it up with why it isn’t feasible for us. However, what if you were to look at it differently and to start to question if these reasons are valid and actually is there something deeper going on?
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.
How Long Does A Career Change Take?
How long do you think it takes to change career, three months, six months, a year or two? I’ve had clients who have uncovered the direction of their next careers in 8 weeks and others who have made the transition over two years and my own probably was nearer three as it included retraining. It would be too simplistic to answer this question with a specific timeframe as ultimately there is no definitive answer to this question as the journey for each of us is unique, the starting point and the challenges we come across in our transition will vary.
I'm running on empty, but can't say no
‘I simply had no capacity left, overwhelmed with exhaustion being pulled in different directions, I knew something had to give and so I made the call’
Have you always had a history of being a strong performer? It wasn’t initially about career progression but rather being able to do a good job and being recognised for it. However, over time that commitment and ability got noticed and consequently, your level of responsibility and role took an upward trajectory. And at times you’ve even encouraged additional work, hungry for more variety, fresh challenges and new career opportunities.
And as your career grows, your personal life brings with it new experiences and demands, all of which come with their own ‘to do’ list. Getting married, raising a family, having pets, home renovations, looking after elderly family members. The ability to integrate all the different aspects of our life and keep all the plates spinning can become overwhelming and even take us to the verge of burnout.