Changing jobs is the second most stressful thing you can do, but it can be the most rewarding. It can be hard to leave a role that you have been in for a long time as you have built up a good working relationships with colleagues, and are familiar with the working environment. But if you’re finding your career is not going anywhere, or your feeling unfulfilled, leaving your role becomes a necessity.
Knowing when to leave can be tough as some situations are clearer than others. If you’re still not sure if this is the right decision for you, read on to find out 10 reasons why it’s good to move on:
“Knowing when to leave can be tough as some situations are clearer than others. We give 10 reasons why it's good to move on“
1.Broader base knowledge
National Executive resources show that a typical worker will master their job role over about three years, and become an expert. When this happening, learning and skills will start to slow, so changing jobs after this span will give you an opportunity to grow and learn again, building on your base knowledge and gaining a better understanding of the industry. Whilst this three year rule isn’t set in stone, it can provide a guide for you to evaluate your career and help you make decisions.
2.You can look to increase your salary
Companies pay different salaries for the same job in different industries, based on the size of the company. Your job skills may be more valuable in one industry compared to another, so being aware of these differences and the opportunities that come with them, might be enough for you to decide it’s time to move on.
3.You need to be challenged
Everyone’s circumstances are different so whether you want to be challenged may depend on what stage you’re at within your career. For example, if you’re nearing retirement, you may want a role that is slow-paced with very little responsibility. If your career is just starting, or you’re in the middle of it, you may want to be challenged to help you grow and reach your goals.
Shigey suggest the perfect job is 20% challenging, keeping you on our toes without leaving you feeling overwhelmed. A job with hardly any challenge may cause you to feel unmotivated and unenthusiastic to progress any further.
If you’re spending a lot of time surfing the internet and don’t feel satisfied at the end of a working day, you may want to look for something that fits in with your career goals and aspirations.
4.You can’t get on with your boss
Let’s be honest no-one is perfect, and there will be times when you become aggravated by people. If you find that this is all the time with your boss, then it could be time to think about moving. Before you make a rash decision, think about what it is that’s annoying you. Do you feel they are not doing their job properly? Is communication poor? Are you not liking the direction in which the team is being lead? Reflecting and taking the time to think about this, will help you to not move from one bad job to another, as well as help you prepare an answer if this is asked in an interview.
5.The company is failing/being taken over
There are normally tell-tale signs when something major is happening within your workplace; change in manager body language, more meetings than usual, poor sales figures, redundancies. If you can see that you’re company is on its last legs, and you’re not able to offer a solution to help the situation, there is no harm in being prepared like a good girl guide and boy scout and put the feelers around to see what’s available so you’re ahead of the game – just in case! This is the same for if there is a takeover. If you feel that you’re into able to progress your career with the changes happening, this is another good reason to start looking at other options available to you.
6.Your lifestyle changes
Moving in with your partner and the commuting distance makes it too difficult for you to continue working with your current company.
A great job opportunity arises for your partner but it requires you to move away.
You plan to start a family or you need a member of your family to move in with you.
Your priorities have changed and your current job is not able to flex with them.
If employees are kept in the loop with any changes early on, this can improve the chances of being able to make them happen. But there are some jobs where there is no give, and it can just be easier to change jobs.
7.There’s a hostile atmosphere
Every office develops its own culture and if you have no interest similar activities to your colleagues it can be difficult to find some common ground. This can impact on your wellbeing, happiness and comfort within work place.
8.The role doesn’t play to your strengths
You’ve taken on a role with the impression that you would be able to use your knowledge and strengths, but as time goes on you discover that the skills required and not in line with who you are. If there is no way in which you can take advantage of this type of situation (such as learn new skills to help you within your role) and help the role become more fulfilling, you may need to have an honest conversation with you line manager and explain the way you’re feeling.
Your boss maybe willing to adapt the role to suit your strengths, but this isn’t always possible. If this is the case, you can leave knowing that you have acted in a professional manner, which will also stand you in good stead for a glowing reference should you need it.
9.You’re head hunted with a good opportunity
Companies want to employ the best within their field, and those that are good at their job will make a name for themselves and get noticed. This sometimes happen more quickly in smaller, niche markets. If you’re approached by another company, the odds are that if they want you badly enough they will be willing to offer you whatever it takes to get you to move, whether that be more money, flexible working, or added benefits.
f this happens, the ball is pretty much in your court, but don’t’ get swept away by all the added extras. Its’s good to ask questions about the company, their culture, and what they stand for. Remember you don’t have to take it, but it can use this to help you to negotiate with your current company if there is an offering that is attractive that you don’t currently have.
10. You’re ready for a new career
Your needs and wants start to change within your career at different points in your life. If you achieve your career goal early on in your working life, it’s a great for personal goal achievement, but where do you go from there? To keep yourself challenged, you can look to open yourself up to different opportunities that you may not have considered previously. Depending on what you decide, you can spend some time planning and look into gaining any qualifications that are needed. Successful communication is needed for this to work, and if you’re honest with your employees, they may support you through this by offering you flexible working hours if that’s what needed.
Having a knee jerk reaction to leaving your current role is not advisable. It’s best to really think about what you want out of your next role, taking the time to find it. Take into consideration the notice period that is in your contract and always think about leaving on good terms – you never know when you will need a reference, and if you work in smaller industries, you will be able to keep a professional reputation.
With nearly 30 years’ experience in healthcare recruitment, we have a team of professionals who are on hand to offer support and advice when it comes to finding a new positions. We have successfully placed candidates in leading companies within the Scientific, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Healthcare, Dental, Animal Health, Healthcare Communications and Engineering sectors.