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Time For A Change?

Many individuals make a career switch at some point in their professional lives. There are many circumstances that can prompt a career switch. For some people, it is part of their personality and value systems. Such individual often strive to accomplish a variety of things over a period of time and are driven by change. Others find themselves in the wrong career and make the move to find fulfillment. Another common reason for switching careers is redundancy. Some people find themselves out of a job suddenly and need to find a new position fairly quickly to remain employed. No matter what the reason or motivation, making a change requires careful consideration and planning.

Are You Ready To Switch?

Do you remember the saying "Time flies when you are having fun?" Conversely, when you are feeling miserable at work, time crawls to the point of being torturous. One clear sign that you are ready for a career switch is when you start to watch the clock more frequently. If you find yourself leaving the office on, or even before, the official knock-off time, that could be a sign that it is time to move on. Other possible indicators:
  • You dread going to work
  • You are frequently late in arriving at the office
  • You are experiencing a drop in performance
  • You find it difficult to concentrate and focus on your work
  • You participate less in meeting and discussions
  • You find faults and complain all the time
  • You are actively job-hunting

Time To Move On

You may be at a dead end in your job and not realize it. We tells you what should set alarm bells ringing. There is nothing quite like your first few days in a new job. Your new boss, sure that he has made the right choice, defers to you in meetings. Your colleagues are friendly and eager to lend a hand. Best yet, the future beckons with hope. The slate is clean, the closet has no skeletons, and for the moment, opportunity is yours.

A few years on, things look a bit different. The boss who hired you has become a tyrant. The colleagues who seemed so nice on day one have turned out to be political and territorial. Moreover, the title on your name card has not changed since the day you walked through the door. It is probably a good time to start looking for a new job, but if you are not sure, consider the following four criteria to determine if it is, indeed, time to move on.

You have asked for a change, but nothing happens. Most career books say that if you are tired of your job, then talk to your boss or the human resource manager about other opportunities. This is all good and well, and certainly works sometimes, but in larger, bureaucratic companies, which tend to be very political, this tactic can be the kiss of death. Mr Andrew, 32, tells of a company he worked for where there was a great deal of dissatisfaction in the ranks.

People were hired, but then given no opportunity for advancement, training, or other work. Several people spoke to the management about moving into different parts of the company, but only rarely were they allowed to move, and managers regarded it as a personal betrayal if their staff wanted to do something different. As a result, this company has very high turnover, and many people, including Mr Andrew, have fled to competitors.

You Cannot Go Higher

In the old days, children were told that the way to succeed in a corporation is to "ride somebody's coat-tails". In other words, follow first boss higher and higher up the corporate ladder. It sounds great, but what happens if your boss does not move? Perhaps he is satisfied with his current position and only wants to sit tight, collecting his salary and paying his mortgage.

Ms Joanne, 28, a copywriter at a small advertising company, has this frustration: "I've been in the same job for four years. The only way for me to get promoted is for my boss to leave, and I know he'll never do that. It seems the only way forward is perhaps to move sideways and then forward." She likes her work and her industry, but realises that if she really wants her career to grow, she will have to move to another company.

Your Industry Is In Big Trouble

Industries that once looked untouchable may eventually hit the skids: profits fall, job cuts loom and corporate leadership, used to an easy ride, fails to cope with the change. A good example of such an industry right now is the record industry. Executives in the sector used to enjoy great perks; free CDs, the chance to meet rock stars, and good opportunities for promotion owing to the proliferation of CDs and CD players. Then Mp3s, CD burners, and file-sharing networks came along, and these days, people simply do not buy as much music - and the music industry is in decline until it finds a way to adapt to the new world. Keep a close eye on the trends affecting your industry and face the truth that change is the only constant in life.

You Hate The Work

If you hate what you are doing, it is not likely that you will be much happier if you get promoted to a position in which you supervise people doing the job you hate. If you get a raise, you may be happier for a while, but your morale will eventually fall again, leaving you at a dead end personally, if not financially. Just remember: If you wake up in the morning and you hate going to work, then it is a sure indication that it is time to look at something more challenging and interesting.

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