Do you ever wonder if you’re in the right job? Have you thought about making a career change? Understanding the right time to begin a career transition can help you be prepared to maximize your potential opportunities. While it can be exciting to consider the possibilities, there are a lot of aspects to research and consider when considering a career change before you jump!

If you’ve ever thought about finding a new job, you know that it can be stressful. When considering a complete transition to a new career, the idea can be completely overwhelming. How do you know when switching to something else will positively impact your trajectory? Decision-making regarding your job is very personal and should be assessed from a big-picture perspective. Prior to thinking about making any changes, it’s wise to get clear on your financial needs, preferred working environment, and long-term goals. Now, we’ll discuss some clues that it’s time for a career change!

1. The market/industry is shrinking

Are innovative advancements improving the core offerings of your organization? Or, are they transforming the market and reducing demand? The concept of disruption is now mainstream within many industries worldwide. The onset of new research and technology can reduce or eliminate entire markets of products and services. What is the most pressing issue, or challenge in your industry today? If your current industry is on the cusp of massive disruption, it could be wise to think about how else you can apply your skills to another area.

2. Your company is going through a reorganization

As a result of fluctuating market conditions, many companies look for ways to save money and maximize their profits. Reorganizations and corporate restructuring are two practices often utilized during these instances. While reorganizations can streamline operations, they usually involve laying off employees and sometimes entire departments. If you hear that your company is preparing to restructure staff, finding out the specifics around your job security is vital. Even if you learn that your position is safe, it’s important to think about the necessity of your role long term. Usually, reorganizations with layoffs happen in phases, so even if you make it through the initial changes, that doesn’t guarantee job security over the long term.

3. You dread going to work

It might sound obvious, but not enjoying the fundamental aspects of your job, can also be an indicator that a career change could be ideal. If you dread going to work regularly, it can negatively affect your stress level, health, and sense of satisfaction. Many professionals spend hours of their time away from work feeling unhappy and unfulfilled due to what’s happening at the job. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s important to get to the root of the issue. Is the problem with your desire to perform your job responsibilities? Or, are you unhappy with circumstances in your environment such as colleagues, work hours, and/or working conditions?

4. You are extremely bored

Sometimes professionals are extremely bored in their careers. Perhaps, at one time they thought a field was fascinating, but they eventually lose interest. The yearning for growth and progression is natural throughout your career. If you’ve learned all you can in your current role and explored any additional training opportunities available, boredom can set in. After pursuing alternate positions within your company and at other organizations, thinking about a career change can be a good option.

Do you wonder if you’re on the right track in your career? Maybe you have nagging thoughts or feelings that you should be doing something different. If you’re employed within an industry or market that is shrinking, considering the long-term viability of your company’s offerings can help you stay ahead of the curve. In the event your employer is planning an internal restructuring, it can also be a good time to think about making a career change. Consistent negative feelings about going to work and being bored are also indicators that a career transition might be ideal for you. How would you know it’s time for a career change in your life?

Fly High Coaching has helped industry professionals find their calling and land their dream job with career coaching services. We know how difficult this process can be and are always ready to assist you! Contact us today or check out our FREE SMART Job Seeker’s Guide to Achieving Success During a Pandemic

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Porschia Parker-Griffin

Porschia Parker-Griffin is a Certified Professional Coach, Business Consultant, and Founder of Fly High Coaching. When she is not coaching, Porschia enjoys traveling, cooking, and working with animals.
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