Jan 102017

By Michelle Wanjiku

Does your job satisfy you? Is it fulfilling in any way? Or does it leave you drained? Most people are working in a job they do not like because of financial needs. However it is important to remember that with job satisfaction comes productivity which in turn opens the door for promotion and better pay.

Therefore if you are miserable at your job for whatever reasons, it might be time for a career change.

Signs it’s time for a change

1. Boredom

We all have a problem getting up for work some mornings. However, if you find that you won’t want to wake up for work every morning and there is nothing that interests you with the work you are doing then you are obviously bored.

Now before you go and quit your job, it is important that you figure out what is causing this feeling. Sometimes it can be the traffic you have to deal with everyday. You need to ask yourself if the cause is something fixable. Sometimes it turns out to be the job itself. Maybe it’s not as challenging as it used to be or it’s not what you expected.

This is where you need to make a decision of whether the job is worth it or if you will be better off elsewhere. For some all it takes is moving to a new organisation whereas for others it takes a complete career change where they switch to different professions.

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2. Stagnating

If you have been in the same position for the past 5 years and in the same organisation without any sign of career growth or advancement then it might be time to consider a change. Even if you work in a big organisation where promotions don’t come easy, five years down the line you should see some sort of advancement.

Now this can be due to a few things. First you could be the one with the problem. Maybe you have reached a point where you are not being different or productive hence the lack of a promotion. It could also be that you have reached the peak of that particular job. For example if you are the senior accountant and there is no higher position in the organisation.

For some this is enough, but if it isn’t you can try looking for a career in a different field or switch to an environment that is more challenging.

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3. Jealousy

Jealousy is not a good feeling it is frowned upon. But if you find you are always jealous about your friend’s or family member’s job then it could be a sign. Now, I do not mean you are jealous because of the salary or benefits. I mean if you are jealous of the work they do.

I had a friend who was extremely jealous of her cousin’s job. Mind you she was getting better pay but she didn’t love what she did. Her cousin was a chef and she was a PR officer. Now after years of grumbling she finally decided to quit her job and go into catering.

Now she complains about all the muscle aches but says she doesn’t want to change a thing.

Moral of the story, if you find you are constantly jealous of people in a particular profession then that could be where your passion lies.

Now, for most people changing your career can be scary. We all get used to the comfort and don’t want to deal with the unknown. However, if you are brave enough to try and you do feel the need for change. Go for it. Just be sure it is what you want and you won’t be regretting your decision a year down the line.


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Tipical Questions
“Why are you leaving your current job?” Hiring managers want to know your motivation for wanting to leave your current job. Are you an opportunist just looking for more money or are you looking for a job that you hope will turn into a career? If you’re leaving because you don’t like your boss, don’t talk negatively about your boss–just say you have different work philosophies, Teach says. If the work was boring to you, just mention that you’re looking for a more challenging position. “Discuss the positives that came out of your most recent job and focus on why you think this new position is ideal for you and why you’ll be a great fit for their company.” If you’ve already left your previous job (or you were fired), Sutton Fell suggests the following: If you got fired: Do not trash your last boss or company. Tell them that you were unfortunately let go, that you understand their reasoning and you’ve recognized areas that you need to improve in, and then tell them how you will be a better employee because of it. If you got laid off: Again, do not trash your last boss or company. Tell them that you were let go, and that you understand the circumstances behind their decision; that you are committed to your future and not dwelling on the past; and that you are ready to apply everything that you learned in your last role to a new company. If you quit: Do not go into details about your unhappiness or dissatisfaction. Instead, tell them that while you valued the experience and education that you received, you felt that the time had come to seek out a new opportunity, to expand your skills and knowledge, and to find a company with which you could grow.
Questions to ask
What constitutes success at this position and this firm or nonprofit? This question shows your interest in being successful there, and the answer will show you both how to get ahead and whether it is a good fit for you.