Career Reboot: Should I Stay or Should I Go?
How does one decide if they need a career reboot or more responsibilities in their current role? I address whether a career transition is necessary.
For most of us, there comes a time in our careers where we feel we need a change. Some of us want more meaningful responsibilities while others want a complete career transition to a different industry and line of work. How does one begin to make this decision? I recently answered a few questions about how an employee can gage where they want to take the future of their career.
What tips can you offer to identify when a person might be in need of a career reboot or total career transition?
Boredom and job dissatisfaction are clues that one may be in need of a career reboot or change. Employee engagement studies show that employees need to feel they are contributing to a cause greater than themselves. A person should assess how they feel about their job, what they are accomplishing at that job and where they hope to be in the future if they stay at their current job in order to identify the need for a career reboot or change. If they feel they are not accomplishing what they initially hoped when they first began the job, it may indicate a need for change.
How can someone who doesn’t want to resign fall back in love with their job?
Think about what you want to accomplish as a part of your position then align your daily tasks with that mission. You may find it helpful to pull out a copy of your job description and read what originally attracted you to the position. This is why employee reviews or feedback is important. You don’t have to wait until your next review to speak with your supervisor about your responsibilities. A good supervisor will be open to an employee that wants to be better at their job.
How can an employee move on from their current career path if they think a change is needed?
I can’t stress enough the power of contemplating, assessing, and planning. Contemplate what your interests and goals are for your life and career. Assess whether you are meeting these personal and career goals and write out a plan for change. This career change plan means not only writing down what you are interested in doing, but also conducting research. Not everyone can quit a job and go months without income while they job hunt. This is where research comes in. Research education needed for your potential career as well as salary. The salary potential should be compared with monthly bills and expenses to put a realistic view on the potential career change. Proper research helps ease the career transition.