Before setting up my own coaching business I worked in Human Resources (HR) for a large global bank. There had been a number of times when I had started to think that maybe it was time to move on as I wasn’t enjoying the job anymore. But then I would move to a different area which would excite me as it brought fresh challenges and new relationships and all would be good for a year or two. My last stint was working overseas experiencing the expat lifestyle. The excitement of creating a new life in a different country was thrilling but when the honeymoon ended and the realisation that this was the new normal kicked in I finally admitted to myself that I had fallen out of love with HR.
If I had moved to another corporate organisation would this had resolved this issue for me? I don’t believe so. You see for me the things that I didn’t like about the job anymore were not unique to this particular bank or the financial industry but were more about the nature of the world of HR in a corporate environment. I wanted to have the opportunity to work with people on an individual basis to help them feel engaged and excited about what they were doing, to help them take control of their careers and find their full potential. Moving businesses or counties was only putting a plaster on the cut. If I really wanted to feel more fulfilled then I needed to look at making changes to my career.
However, for others the profession, the job is not the problem and the focus needs to be on finding an organisation that aligns to your values, to your beliefs and enhances your life as opposed to drains it. But how do you know if moving organisation will be enough?
Here are two ideas to help you answer this question
1. Identify your Turn-on and Turn-offs. Firstly consider what is it that you dislike about your current job in each of the following categories:
- Job content – your role, your responsibilities, your objectives, the decisions you have to make, the resources and equipment you use.
- People – the people you work with, your colleagues, your manager, your customer, and suppliers.
- Organisation – what is important to the organisation, what they value, the way things are done, what it feels like to be an employee.
- Environment – your working environment, your commute, your working time.
- Reward and Recognition – your salary, the benefits, career development, feedback.
Now repeat the exercise this time writing down all the things you like about your current job.
Once you have identified your Turn-Ons and Your Turn-Offs the next step is to identify what would continue with you if you were to move organisation but stay in the same job? Ideally, you are looking to remove the negatives and increase the positives.
There will be a number of reasons that are driving your decision to leave. The key is to understand if these are unique to your organisation. If your turnoffs are largely company-specific such as the people, the culture and or/organisation then the answer may be that you need to move and find an organisation that is more closely aligned to your own values and beliefs. However, if it’s about the job content then moving to a similar job will only give you temporary relief and instead you need to make changes to your career.
2. Take the long-term view. In this second exercise, it is about understanding which scenario will serve you best in terms of meeting your life goals. What are your next big life goals in terms of how you want to spend your time on a day-to-day basis and the amount you need or want to earn? Are there certain goals you want to reach in terms of spending time with family or having more flexibility in where or how you work? Is your priority to buy your own home or maybe to work overseas.
If you could paint the picture of your perfect work day, from start to finish, what would that look like? How would you spend your time? What activities would you be doing?
As you get clear on what are your most important priorities consider this question:
'Which scenario will help you achieve your goals, staying in the same type of job but moving organisation or changing your career?'
If this is a question you are struggling with I want you to know you are not alone, many of us will have faced this question at some point and for some the real drivers are to do more with personal aspects of your life that you need to deal with.
If you are struggling to answer this question that why not get in touch and we can schedule a free discovery call to find out how we can work together to get you clarity.