When I talk to individuals intrigued by the current job market, some of the main reasons why they are potentially looking for new roles is because they have issues that tend to fall into one of these three categories.
1. Issues with my line manager’s ability to control
2.Issues with my ability to control
3.Issues that fall outside my line manager’s and my ability to control.
For example; Think deeply about the underlying cause of each issue you have. If you feel like your line manager isn’t supportive of your career development, you might at first put this into the “Issues within my manager’s ability to control”
But what if you looked at the situation from a different angle? Have you taken the time to define your career aspirations? Have you created a career development plan that includes actions you believe are needed to achieve your goals? Have you shared this information with your line manager and asked for their support? What might seem like a reason to look for a different job could turn out to be something within your ability to control and change.
Let’s look at another example of why you might want to leave your job – you’re bored and want to do something more challenging. You might think this issue is outside your manager’s and your control because, it’s the jobs fault. Wrong. Have you told your boss that you’re bored and given them examples of the tasks you’d like to take on to improve your skills and broaden your experience? Managers generally have a fair amount of discretion when it comes to allocating work to their direct employees. Taking the time to talk through this with your manager might improve your situation enough that you won’t need to look for a job elsewhere.
Sometimes, what you gain by staying in a job can actually surpass what you would have learned by simply giving up and looking for new job. Instead of running away from a problem – you may actually gain more from working through the issues:
•If you feel you’re underpaid, try fixing the issue before looking for another job. Pull together a list of all your key projects and tasks and then sit down with your manager for a discussion.
•If you want to learn new skills or improve weaknesses, talk with your manager to find out if there is budget available for you to attend training courses, seminars, or classes.
•If your lengthy commute to work is lowering your quality of life, investigate the possibility of working from home occasionally.
No job is perfect and it’s doubtful that you’ll enjoy every aspect and every minute of your job – that’s rare. Maybe you’re looking for more meaning or purpose in life and think you can find that through your work. Possibly. Or, maybe you can find something of interest at the weekends that will bring you additional happiness and the purpose in life you’re seeking. Changing jobs isn’t the only answer – the key is taking time to understand why you want to change jobs and whether or not changing jobs is in your best interest.
If you have asked yourself these questions and are set on finding that new career path… Get in touch!