Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Should I stay or should I go? Should I leave my job to advance my career?

Have you been in your job for a few years now and wonder whether you should seek a job in another organisation to help advance your career?  Perhaps career development opportunities appear limited with your employer or you lack motivation in your current role and feel that leaving is the only way to progress your career.

If you are feeling this way, use the following steps to help you decide whether leaving your job will help advance your career or whether there is an alternative solution.

1.     Identify the real reason for wanting to leave your job

What do you like and dislike about your current job?  Make a list, focusing on your true reasons for wanting to leave. You may feel you are no longer learning or that your job has become repetitive.  You may be finding that the work environment is not suiting you. 

2.     Talk to your line manager

Can the issues you identified in step one be resolved or changed?  Have you talked to your line manager about your thoughts?  It may be a good idea to ask for an informal performance review to discuss development opportunities.

3.     Keep up to date with the job market

Always keep an eye on the job market to ensure you keep up to date with movements within your chosen field.  If you are thinking of accepting a job with an alternative employer, do your homework first.  Talk to people who work for this employer.  What do they like and dislike about their job? 

Sometimes leaving your job can be the easy answer to resolve job dissatisfaction but remember that moving organisations always carries with it a degree of uncertainty and you don’t necessarily have to change jobs to advance your career.  Always make the most of your current job before seeking alternative employment.

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