A recent Investors in People (IiP) survey revealed that 24%
of the UK workforce are actively looking for a new job, while 32% are
“considering a move”. That’s nearly
two-thirds of UK employees going to bed on Sunday night not feeling so great
about work the next day.
Changing jobs is a major life upheaval and one of the most
stressful things you can do – it’s in the top 20 on the Holmes and Rahe stress scale (number 8 if the change was enforced upon you). So, you really want to make sure that you do
it at the right time and that you get it right in order to avoid jumping out of
the frying pan and into the fire...
When is the best time to create a career I love?
I worked in senior level recruitment for over a decade and
very quickly learned that the best time to change jobs is when you’re attracted
“TOWARDS” something and not running “AWAY” from it.
When you’re running away, you’re in “fight-flight-freeze”
mode and consequently your brain does not process things logically. You will often make quick and “rash”
decisions which are likely to cause you pain in the not-too-distant future
(yes, I’ve made a few of these in my time!).
But how do you make sure you’re running TOWARDS the right
thing? The key here is to look at your
career as a fluid, flexible and evolving part of your life. Keep checking in with how engaged you are in
your current role, organisation and profession and you can start to visualise,
research and prepare for any tweaks or major changes you want to make in good
That sounds ideal doesn’t it?
HOWEVER, it is a very small percentage of people that plan
their careers at the TOWARDS stage. Most
of them are running very quickly AWAY from a job, a line manager, a company or
Whilst I am on a crusade to help people take a more
strategic and logical approach to evolving their career, what are the practical
steps that you can take if you’re further towards the AWAY stage?
There is one major question you need to ask yourself before
deciding what direction to take:
What is the root cause of my pain?
In the IiP survey, almost two-thirds of staff said that
stress at work was causing them lack of sleep and a similar proportion felt
like they were always on duty. When
things are bad, it can be easy to think that the grass will be greener
elsewhere. However, this is not always
Ask yourself what is the main cause of your discontent? Is it:
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