Is it time for a new role?
17 June 2020
Should I change jobs or is it a risk? Is the grass greener elsewhere?
It’s a tough decision. Even though our hyper-connected world offers more opportunity than ever, it’s easy to feel more stuck than ever. That doesn’t have to be you. These questions will help you make the call, with more confidence and less doubt, about whether it’s time to stay or go.
There are three questions that can start the process – Are you learning? Are you adding value? Are you having fun? If the answer to just one of these questions is no then it may now be the time to stop and think about why that is and what actions you need to take to get back to ‘yes’.
Other questions to think about:
Do you feel valued? When you don’t feel your input is valued, then your work can become less fulfilling. One of the underlying components of healthy relationships is about being appreciated. If you do not feel your contributions at work are important, recognized, and respected, you might want to consider moving on.
Does it Feel like ‘work’? Do you look forward to Monday mornings? If it no longer brings you joy, and you often find yourself thinking about making a change, then it may be time to make a transition. Those who enjoy their careers don't dwell on the fact that it's "work." They enjoy the challenge it brings and are satisfied to a point where most days it doesn't feel like work. In addition, if there is a toxic boss or environment that is causing you stress then decide if it is something that can change and if not a new role would seem a sensible approach. If you can change what you don't like about your job and you’re being realistic about what you want in the immediate future, talk to your manager to see if there’s something that can be done. But if there’s no room for flexibility, it may be time to move on.
Have you done anything new? If you want to grow in your career, that simply won’t happen if you do the same thing every day. Look over your CV—or update it if it’s been a while—and see how many achievements have come in the past year. If there aren’t any, you may be starting to stagnate in your position.
Has your salary increased recently? Your pay can be a good barometer to determine whether you should stay at your job. Consider whether it’s enough to make the job worth it after factoring in your cost of living. Typically, salary increases are reviewed once a year, so if you haven’t had a raise or a promotion in that time or aren’t getting opportunities to earn one, it may be time to move on.
Are you really clear about what you want in the short-term and the long-term? To answer this First, you need a clear picture of what you want. That includes:
• Your long-term vision
• Your values
• Your superpowers & strengths
• And your ideal environment
Could you explain your answers clearly to someone else? When someone else can see what you want, then that’s when you know you’re really clear about the career you want. So, do you feel like you have a future there? If you can’t picture yourself at your current organization in a year or two, or if the track you’re on doesn’t lead to where you want to be, it’s time to seriously look at whether it’s the right place for you. Ask yourself whether the job aligns with your overall career goals. If it’s not a step on the path to your career dreams, it may be time to make a change.
Does the company offer more room to grow and advance? If you have been in the same position with no sign of advancement for three or more years, it may be time to take a look at available positions elsewhere. First, evaluate your current position accomplishments and any contract obligations that may restrict a transition. Then, check the marketplace for positions. Even if you don't make a move now, it's a good thing to know what options are available.
At the end of the day, only one person is responsible for your career: you. But it’s certainly beneficial to have an employer that supports your professional development. Options like formal mentoring programs, training, tuition reimbursement and opportunities to attend industry conferences can keep you moving forward professionally.
Ideally, you want to work for a company that is committed to helping you grow your skills while growing with their organization. Be strategic and think long-term when comparing your current company against a potential employer. Which one offers a more clearly defined career path? Pay and benefits are important, but professional development and advancement potential should also be priorities. To make sure you’re really moving to a better place, you first have to know for sure why you want to leave. If you can pinpoint something specific, such as the company's lack of regard for work/life balance, you can research prospective companies by talking to current or past employees and checking business social media and ranking sites.
Is the grass really greener? Consider whether your dissatisfaction is internal. Even if you do make a change, will your unhappiness follow you? In addition, consider whether the things you don’t like about your job are unique to that job or workplace.
So . . “should you change jobs?”
Answering these questions honestly should tell you whether you’re in the right spot–or whether it’s time to move on. Trust yourself and know that you’re making the best decision you can with the information you have right now. Spending more time or creating more worry will just waste your valuable time and increase your stress levels. You’ve got this.
The bottom line is that changing jobs always carries some degree of risk. But if you’ve thoroughly analysed the situation and your gut is telling you to make a move, trust your intuition. At some point, you need to stop second-guessing yourself and embrace the new opportunity.
If you would like to discuss present healthcare communications opportunities or just gain some advice and information about the current job market then do contact me.