The ‘How, What, When, Where, Why’ on Making a Career Change (Part I)



Career changes can be pretty daunting. More often than not we’d like to think that once we’ve found that perfect career, especially after spending so much time looking for it, we’d be able to settle in and work our way up to the top.

Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. In spite of our hardest efforts, sometimes we end up feeling at odds with the career we’ve chosen for various reasons.

That’s why over the next few posts we are going to concentrate the various aspects of what it takes to make a career change–one that will get you in the right direction, and hopefully onto bigger and better things.

For today, we will discuss when it is time to consider a career change. Take a look below:

When you plateau: Perhaps one of the first signs that a career change is imminent is when you begin to feel like you’ve plateaued at your job. There are plenty of times that we might feel like we don’t want to be at our job, but it is when we begin to get bored, in regards to the core values and objectives of our career, and start looking to other things to get us excited that we might want to start thinking about whether or not our current career is the right one for us.

When you are stuck in a rut: Falling into a rut will most likely start after you begin to plateau. You’ll probably find yourself feeling aimless while on the job, second-guessing your worth to the company, or just generally feeling negative about where you are in your career. In turn, this can really affect your work ethic, productivity, and overall, make you look bad amongst your peers and higher-ups–which will only make the situation worse.

But one thing we’d like to point out—everyone has the potential to fall in a rut. As such, we suggest waiting it out and thinking about things before you go ahead and quit your job. The last thing you want to do is anything you will later regret.

When it starts affecting life outside of your career: Finally, take a look and see if all the above begins to affect life outside of your career. We spend a good amount of time investing ourselves in our careers, so when your career begins to have a negative impact on everything else and the benefits of the job begin losing their appeal, then that is a telltale sign that it is probably time for you to move on.

Check back on Thursday for a few tips on what you need to consider when making a career change. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you!

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