No matter how you look at it, change is always disruptive in some form or fashion. Even when a change is welcome, such as fall’s cooler temperatures after the dog days of summer, it shifts our routine and standards of normality.
When you’re thinking about making a change in your job or career, it’s not always an easy decision. How do you know when the time is right? How do you evaluate all your options to ensure that you choose the one that is best for you? Keep reading for five tips from our Levo League mentors on how to know when the time is right to change your job.
Growth is the determining factor
“If you like the industry you’re in, then you should stick to that industry. That doesn’t mean you need to stay in the same job. The spaghetti-test should be against the diversity of the experience you can gain in the job. If you can grow in the job years on end, then you should stick to it. If you can’t, then move on. At the end of the day, growth is what you need and what will make you a smarter, better, brighter individual.”
Constantly look for healthy challenges
“The best time to change employers all depends on the situation. There are some important things to consider as reasons to leave. For example, if the opportunities from growth and development are quite limited, or your image and brand has been severely tarnished or is diminishing your chance to grow, you should consider leaving. If you have outgrown the workplace and get a wheezy feeling when you have to go to work, that’s another good reason. Also think about whether or not you are being challenged.”
Remember that your role is not definite
“The reasons for a role or career change are endless: You may change your mind, you may be taking that role simply to gain the experience and a skill set you’ll need for another role or at a different company, the company may change their mind about where they need and want you within the organization. Or my all time favorite: you may wake up one day and find that you want to completely reinvent your career. That’s all okay! The point is, your role is not definite and even if you land the exact role you were searching for, it won’t matter unless you’re at a company that actively supports and nurtures growth and where learning and discovery are ingrained in the corporate culture.”
Use social media to your advantage
“Follow the companies you would like to work for on social channels and get an overview of some key people who work there via their own social presences. That will give you an idea of the type of profile that company looks for and develops. And then network—in person meetings are a great driver of work. Go to where the company is, at events or request an informational interview with a member of their human resources department so that you can learn more about what makes the company tick.”
Try new things to have a “eureka” moment
“When you are considering making a change, people often tell you things like, ‘Think about what you love,’ or ‘Write down what you are good at.’ But successful women I interviewed had often found their first or next passion by bumping into someplace. You don’t necessarily know what you want until you see it. Go out into the world. Take trains and planes to places you haven’t been before. Visit your friends at their workplaces. Go to plays, museums, galleries. Surf the web. Visit uroulette.com and click on tons of different websites. Listen to talks on YouTube. Read your old diaries. Volunteer. Be open to your eureka moment.”