It’s hard to leave a job at a large, respected company to join an exciting small company in the best of times, and it sounds practically crazy these days. The fact is, there isn't ever really a "right time" to make such a life changing decision such as a career change.
Just because you thought it before the pandemic, doesn’t mean you need to abort now. I’ve counselled several professionals who made a change even during the peak of their careers - which some people might argue it’s not ideal. But it worked out in the end.
The more important factors you should think about to have more certainty if a job change is the right move for you, is by ensuring you are ready in all aspects of your life to make this change.
Watch today's episode to find out 4 key questions to help you find the answer you seek:
#1 ARE YOU EMOTIONALLY, MENTALLY, PHYSICALLY, AND FINANCIALLY ABLE TO CHANGE JOBS RIGHT NOW?
Evaluate your desire and financial ability to attempt a change during this difficult time.
Do you have big pending credit bills or commitments to cover? Is your health in top shape? How about your relationships? Have you been wanting to build more meaningful relationships with your family, loved ones or friends but never had the time to do so?
Bear in mind that starting any new job will require a lot of time, energy, and effort from you, especially at the beginning. That is why, consider the following:
If you have a specific amount of incoming money that you need in order to cover your monthly expenses, then you have to make sure that the new job you get can either bring you the same salary or more in order to survive comfortably
If your health, finances, or relationships need urgent attention at the moment, then prioritise that before starting a new career
If you neglect these points and only focus on your career, then in the long run, you risk the chance of achieving a happy holistic life.
#2 WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS?
It's important to examine your preferences and strengths to help identify a new field.
Don’t just hop into the next best thing that comes along if it is avoidable. It’s like getting into a new relationship with anyone that comes your way right after a painful break up just because you fear being lonely.
Be genuinely attracted to the job. If not, you probably will not stay long because you don’t feel fulfilled or happy
But how do you find out what your strengths are?
One way of finding out is, think of the five to ten people who know you the best. Split them into two categories: people you connect with on a deep level of love, and people who you are close with, but maybe you’re a little different in lifestyle and personality.
Then, ask one person from each category to honestly tell you what they think you’re best at, and what they think you’re worst at. “What are my skills and abilities, and what are my weaknesses?”
I truly believe that collecting market research and creating an atmosphere that allows someone to be honest with you helps you gain a much better understanding about yourself.
#3 IS IT POSSIBLE TO TEST THE NEW SECTOR ON THE SIDE?
Rather than quit your job first, try to see if it's possible for you to have a taste of it as a part-time job first or even volunteer if you can afford it.
This way you won't have to worry about potentially regretting leaving your job or face the possibility of having no income for some time.
#4 WHAT ARE THE PITFALLS FOR YOUR PLANS?
Got more than one job path in mind? No problem.
Create multiple paths for each of your plans. Pen out what are the possible challenges that could come your way for each plan.
For each plan, ask yourself, what will you do if a plan fails? What’s your backup plan?
Once you have a plan B or C, you'll be better prepared to face any adversity that might come your way and know that even if your plans fail, you won't be left stuck in a rut.
Once you’ve watched today's episode, I’d love to hear from you.
Upon reflecting on these question, are you ready for a career change? What new job will you be diving into and what about it sets your soul on fire? Do share your thoughts and experience in the comments below.
Share as much detail as you can. Many lovely souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your story may be just what someone else needs to have a major breakthrough.
I really hope these questions helpful to help give you more certainty if changing jobs right now is the right move for you. Remember, just because it seems like the wrong time in general, doesn’t make it the wrong time for you.
If you're ready to take your career to the next level and looking for professional career advise, schedule a free 30-mins session with me to find out more about how I can help you achieve your career goals successfully.
Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and adding your thoughts. Best of luck in your career.
Live strong, and have the courage to create a life you love because your happiness matters.
With SO much 💖,
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