If you look back in time, maybe around 40+ years ago, employees found a job within a company and were expected to stay with that same company for their entire career in exchange for a pension and a gold watch or pen. Now times have changed dramatically, most people have 5-8 career changes in their lifetime.
So now employees are faced with a new decision, how to determine when to leave their current job. This may sound easy but past the obvious reasons such as, bad working environments, being underpaid, or having inadequate resources to get through your day, how do you know when it’s time to take the next step in your career? There are some signs that can give an indication, that it’s time to make that change.
You know your job inside out and you’re too comfortable
Think back to the days when your job was brand new and used to excite you, remember that? The days when it felt like a challenge to do your job. If you can come into work and do your job with both eyes shut whilst making tea, maybe it’s time to consider a new job or another role within your current company.
It’s important to stay challenged and to stimulate our brains, to give us a satisfaction at the end of the day. We all need to be pushed mentally and physically to allow ourselves to grow and develop new skills.
You have lost your motivation and drive.
In the past you were a ball of energy and activity at work feeling challenged by your role but now you are tired and frustrated. Going to work becomes tedious and you feel like your banging your head against a brick wall, these all point to a lack in motivation and drive. This could be because the challenges have stopped and you are not progressing like you were or you have stopped learning, these are signs that could point you towards a job search for that next step in your career.
Learning and progression have stopped.
Throughout your career, whatever industry you are in, there is one universal factor and that is that your job needs to nurture you to learn & grow. Your job needs to promote the ability to learn, adapt and embrace change. If it doesn’t satisfy this then you may need to move on. Not keeping up with the trends in your industry will only hurt your career over time, so you need a job that will encourage you to keep learning.
Make sure you know when the time is right for you.