If exploring getting a new job is a part of your New Year’s Resolution, you are not alone. Approximately 70% of Australians put making a career related change at the top of their wish list annually after having a break over the Xmas period. In the same instance, almost 40% of those who make this New Year’s Resolution, fail to follow it through. Whether it is finding that new job, getting the promotion you want at your current company or venturing out on your own – investigate the possibilities available to you when setting your New Year’s resolution.
If you have made the decision to make a career related change, ask yourself, what are the drivers behind this decision? Are you looking for a job that offers a better life balance, is it more money, do you want a complete change of career, or is it something else entirely? Try and establish a mental picture of what you really want, and why you are unhappy at present.
It could promise that didn’t eventuate in your role or you want a role change which is not available with your current employer, or perhaps you feel disenchanted or unfulfilled and are not enjoying the daily grind of your work, Whatever it is, take the time to reflect why you are thinking of leaving and what a new job must offer.
It’s not all about the Money
If money is your sole and most critical reason for moving, you are probably focussing on the wrong factor, unless you are paid below market rates. Career changes are driven by other career growth and development factors, not a bigger paycheck, usually result in a more satisfying career move.
Of course, if you know you are deserving, more money is always positive. If you have a healthy work environment and enjoy your role, instead of changing jobs, ask for a pay increase it will be an indication of whether your employer values you and what you bring in each day.
It’s about Growth and Challenging yourself
Any career change, although sometimes necessary, is daunting. You may have spent many years with an organisation and be an integral part of the company culture, however, the promotion you desire or change in role responsibilities has not been forthcoming. If this is the case, don’t waste any more of your precious time doing something that you don’t enjoy or being underappreciated and taken for granted.
Everyone dreams of that ‘cushy’ job. One where the work is easy, the pace slow, and you look busy but have nothing to truly do. This might sound like Nirvana, however, the reality of this type of work is disastrous for your career growth. While others are learning and growing daily and solving challenges, you continue to cruise comfortably in a role that is on a path to nowhere. Jobs have an expiry date and if your career is not enhancing, you will find yourself getting chronically bored. For career satisfaction seek a role that is challenging and will enable you to grow
Don’t be reactive, be proactive
Any career change is big and will have a lasting impact on your long-term goals, so never make such a decision as a knee-jerk reaction. Your career is never just about your current role or work environment, it is about you and the steps you are willing to take (or don’t) to advance your career. Be assured no one else will do it for you!
The key to any transition is communication. Communicate with both your employer and external mentors or confidantes about your career aspirations. In the majority of cases, they will be supportive, if they can be, and will help you as much as they can. Whether it is getting that promotion, moving into a new area you are interested in or perhaps leaving. Communicating in an open and honest manner about what you want to achieve, will in most cases see those doors open for you.
If your New Year’s resolution is to turn a new page in your career, think about your 10-year goal and how this change helps you step towards that goal, but be prepared to act on it and not hope it happens. Unless you are proactive and seek out opportunities, your career will be gone before you know it.
If you want to make your Resolution a reality contact us at C3Talent and we will assist you to make your dreams a reality.