Unsure of Your Next Career Move?

How to keep your focus while making important career decisions.

Posted Apr 15, 2018

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Are you in the right job?

It’s not uncommon to dislike your job some of the time. Still, in an ideal world, you would jump out of bed to get to work early!

Ask yourself these questions to see if it might be time to make a change:

  • Am I happy at work?
  • Do I feel that I am making a contribution to society or to my industry?
  • Do I feel excited to go to work every day?

If the answers to these questions are “yes,” great! If you answered “no,” then you may want to consider a different direction with your career.

Caution: If you are Unsure, Move Slowly!

There’s no need to rush a career decision for which you are unsure. Take your time, when possible, instead of making a hasty choice.

  1. Find a mentor who you trust to learn about the pros and cons of a particular career path. Experienced individuals can help to steer you in the right direction.
  2. Take baby steps to achieve smaller goals which lead you to accomplish a larger one. Even if you opt to change career paths, you still need to show a prospective employer that you are responsible and committed to working, in general. So, don’t slack in your current role while you research your options.
  3. Stick with your job for one month as you weigh your choices. If you are happy with your current job after 30 days, plan to stick it out for another 30 days. If you are not happy or fulfilled, then it’s time to scour the job boards and send out your resume.

Consider Free Online Resources

 

There are a number of free online resources where you can take a career assessment to determine which careers line up best with your interests. Be honest when assessing your skills and goals. As mentioned above, it’s also a great idea to rely on a mentor (someone more experienced in your current industry) for guidance and direction.

 

Remember To Remain Professional Even as You Consider a Work-Related Transition

Use your current job as a medium to help you to determine if you want to stay in the line of work or try a different organization or industry. While you are taking your time to make your decision, learn from those who are more experienced than you. Be professional! Remember that you may need to ask your current employer for a reference if you decide to move on to a different job.

Copyright© 2018 Amy Cooper Hakim