Lifetime job longevity is a thing of the past. You are no longer expected to work 30-40 years at the same company, in the same career, waiting until that moment when you can finally collect your pension.
Today, the internet is at our fingertips and massive numbers of job opportunities all over the globe are free to explore with just the click of a button. We don’t want to settle. But does making a big job change on the journey of exploration, personal happiness and financial growth mean negative consequences in the short or long term? We don’t think so.
We are always learning, expanding networks, and gaining confidence. So many of us quietly resist change and half-heartedly convince ourselves that it somehow easier to stay confined in our comfort zones. But making small, (or large) changes to your job and life can bring about so many incredibly unforeseen opportunities. Change in general is inevitable, we all know this- it will happen whether you embrace it or not. If you are the one to initiate the change, you are more likely to go with it, learn from each experience and end with a positive result. Take a proactive approach and be the conscious creator of the kind of life you want to live.
Expanding your network is never a bad thing. With each job change you make, you inevitably will make new friends and begin to widen your network in your field of expertise. As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” This is definitely true to some extent. If you are continually expanding your horizons and your professional network of friends and colleagues, you never know what potential new opportunities this could lead to!
Sometimes a break from your routine is the very thing you need. Don’t live in a perpetual routine. While routine can often feel “comfortable” it often can make us feel stagnant, unhappy and unmotivated. Changing jobs or careers forces you out of that normal daily routine and onto something new, and refreshing, sparking renewed motivation.
This being said, always keep in mind that there are good and not-so-good reasons to make a job or career change. The good reasons we have touched on being breaking routine, expanding your network, and overall career advancement. A few other reasons are the need to switch up your physical work environment, seeking a new challenge, or better stability.
With this, there are also poor reasons for making a job change. Making a job change solely off compensation is never a good idea. While increasing your earning power and seeking financial freedom is important, remember,money alone is only a motivator for a very short time. You should select your next job based on one or more of the criteria above, such as advancement, environment, or challenge, and not just based on compensation.
Another not so great reason for making a job change is because of a bad relationship with coworker or boss. If everything else is positive, such as environment, challenge and career advancement, the relationship issues can be worked out and improved over time. Honest communication is generally the first step to resolving these types of issues.
Remember, if your professional growth is stunted by your current position, if you truly no longer find yourself happy, or if any of your reasons fall in line with what I have detailed above, it may be time to take the leap.
StratAcuity can help combat career complacent-ness, and we can act as your trusted adviser through the entire process. We partner with top tier biotechnology & pharmaceutical companies in the greater Boston area and build long lasting relationships with high caliber talent, so if you are ready to make a change, we are ready to help make it happen – please reach out!