How do you know when it's time to make a career change?
Published about 5 years ago by F F
In a week when some of our politicians have heard the news
that they are to take on new roles, many employees may also be considering a
career change and wondering if now is the time to seriously think about it.
While it might not be as easy as a simple parliamentary reshuffle, it still may
be a good time to think about what is out there for you and whether now is the
time to create new opportunities for yourself.
There are a number of reasons why you may be thinking about
leaving your job or applying for a new role. With unemployment at a six year
low (just 6.5%) now is great time to make that leap. Improved confidence in the
job market is encouraging news for anyone who is unhappy in their role and
recent statistics have shown that almost a fifth of those aged under 34 stayed
in their first job for less than a year – showing that there is definitely
buoyancy in the jobs market.
A survey conducted towards the end of last year by an agency,
discovered that one quarter found that they had a lack of faith in the
leadership within their organisation. This basic dissatisfaction also affected
19% who said they were unappreciated and
disengaged, while 13% said that it was a lack of decent pay that made
them leave. This may surprise some employers, who still believe that people go
to work for the money.
That feeling that what you do at work is pointless or not
recognised is a major factor for many employees planning on changing jobs. It
has very little to do with pay, conditions or opportunities – it is simply a
feeling that cannot be improved because it is a part of the culture or ethos of
the working environment or management.
There are many things that can lead to job dissatisfaction.
For some it is simply a case of moving to an employer who is able to move with
the times and offer a more modern working environment. This may be flexible
working conditions, a working base that is closer to home (or the ability to
work from home), better perks of the job such as gym memberships, insurances
and on-site facilities and more attention to work/life balances. It is these
types of employers who benefit from long term employees – a situation that is
becoming more common with a 2% decrease in employees leaving their roles since
2009 (according to the Office for National Statistics).
For many people a lack of motivation to do well in their job
can be down to factors such as no career advancement, they cannot see that they
will learn anything more or be challenged and they are failing to use their
qualifications. For these people, new opportunities and new working
environments can really improve their commitment and motivation to their job.
So, if a new job is finally looking like a great idea – take
advantage of the resurgent tax market and see if your perfect tax career is
waiting for you.