Deciding to leave a job and move on to a new position can be a major step in your career. But how do you know when it’s time to make that move and begin looking for your next opportunity?
There are many reasons to make a career move. Often, moving up the career ladder is a main driver, and a move may be the best or only way to accomplish that. Likewise, sometimes “up” isn’t the only way to move your career. Sometimes, a lateral move is just as valuable.
No matter the destination, ask yourself these six questions when determining if it might be time for you to make your next move.
Are you passionate?
Examine the overall work you do. Do you have enthusiasm for it? While there are a number of outside factors that can affect how you feel about a particular job, having a passion for your chosen career is imperative to your overall success and happiness. If that’s not the case, you may consider making a pivot in your career path.
What is your day-to-day?
While passion for your work is important, the details of your daily responsibilities can ultimately determine your fit within a role or organization. If you despise the daily nitty gritty tasks, you will likely dislike the job as well. Despite excitement for your industry, if you’re regularly fulfilling duties you loathe, the role is likely not a fit for you.
Is there upward mobility?
What are your opportunities for advancement in your current role? Are there multiple paths for promotion, or does your development depend on movement above you? Having the chance to move up within an organization is key to long-term growth. If you’ve reached a plateau with no obvious, internal next step, it is likely time to look outward.
What is your five-year plan?
Forever may seem daunting, but consider where you would like to be in five years. Does your current employer offer enough opportunity to keep you fulfilled for the next several years, or would more time there leave you stagnant? If it’s the latter, it may be time to find a position where you can enhance value and make yourself more marketable.
Do your values align with your current position?
Just as we all have personal values, we have career values as well, and these play a considerable role in our motivation, happiness and fulfillment. For example, you may find that having a great deal of independence to perform your responsibilities is what fulfills you professionally. These values tend to be something we discover once we begin our careers, so it makes perfect sense that you may realize a position isn’t meeting your needs once you’ve put in some time on the job. By this point though, you will have hopefully gained new experience that leaves you well-positioned to pursue a new opportunity that is a better fit.
Are you getting the guidance you need?
Unfortunately, employees most often leave a position due to their direct supervisor. This shouldn’t be surprising, however, since this is the one person who has the greatest impact not just on your day-to-day work, but your career advancement as well. Do you feel you are learning under your supervisor, or have they already taught you all they can? Do they challenge and support you? A new position may also offer a new mentor who can help you build and shape your professional life.
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