When to make a career change

Whether you’ve just started out or whether you’ve been in your role for many years, it is essential to have a clear plan for your career development; and every career decision you make should be referenced to your career plan. If you’re thinking about clearing out your desk, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. The best thing to do would be to first get some career advice.

Long term effect

You first need to consider the long term effect of changing jobs on your career plan:

 

  • Is the new position going to take you closer towards your career goal?
     
  • What are the development opportunities in the new role?
     
  • If you move jobs too often, you could be labelled a “job-hopper”; if you hang around for too long, you’re a “slug”! Both scenarios can be detrimental to your career development in that employers look for stability, but also want someone with energy and passion.

Reasoning

Here are some valid reasons for making a career change:

 

  • Lack of growth in your current role – you are bored, not learning anything new.
     
  • Your employer has no interest in your career development.
     
  • Your skills are not fully utilised.
     
  • Your contribution is not valued – you get no recognition for the value you add.
     
  • Your personal values differ drastically from those of your employer.
     
  • Conditions of employment are poor / unbearable.
     
  • The financial incentive is insufficient.
     
  • You are presented with a better opportunity elsewhere.

Remember that it is always better to go for the position that provides you with the most development opportunities, even if you have to initially sacrifice financial reward. In the long run, it will pay off!