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How do you know when it's time to make a career change?

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How do you know when it's time to make a career change?

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.


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