Friday 17 January 2020

Why you need to change your career in 2020

Aoife Geary - Independent Jobs

Following the excesses of Christmas, January is a time where we make a lot of promises to ourselves. We vow to be healthier, more altruistic, develop new skills and be an all-round better human.

The new year is also a time where we assess our career achievements and wonder if we’re in the right role or company. But how can you tell if a career move is the right move?

Here are 4 reasons why you need to make a career change in 2020.

You’re deflated

Everyone is susceptible to the January blues but if you’re feeling completely unfulfilled in your role, it may be time to consider a new one. Not every task will be challenging or enriching but you should be able to identify areas of your job you still enjoy. You shouldn’t stay in a job or a company that doesn’t bring you any happiness or sense of achievement. Staying in a job where you’re simply coasting can have a really negative effect on your ability to learn and your overall confidence. 

The industry is in decline

Given the advances in technology, there are a lot of jobs and sectors that are undergoing change. Increased automation is already making certain tasks and jobs obsolete. If you no longer see a future in your industry, it’s a good idea to hatch an exit plan. Think about the skills and qualities you have that could be transferred into a different role, as well as the skills you’d like to develop or learn fresh.

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Work-life balance is non-existent

You need to know your limits when it comes to switching off from work. If you find that your personal life is suffering because of unreasonable working hours, look at other options. But, recognise your own role in achieving a better work-life balance too. A little self-reflection can go a long way. Do you find it difficult to say no? Are you constantly checking your emails even when other colleagues aren’t? Setting some boundaries for yourself is the first step to a more well-rounded life.

Your skills are going to waste

Feeling underutilised in your role can be extremely frustrating. It could be the case that you’re being poorly managed or not being given enough responsibility. It could also be the case that your skills just aren’t aligned with what the company needs or wants. Try to address this with your boss (if you haven’t already) and make some suggestions as to how you could rectify the issue. Start with a general request such as taking on more responsibility and then give examples of how this might work such as running the team meeting. If you’re still not getting any satisfaction, explore other opportunities. It’s crucial for your professional development that you’re being allowed to exercise your skills and build on your potential.

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