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Determining the right time for a career move
Statistics have shown that people will change their jobs between 5 – 7 times in their lifetime.
Whilst job hopping was considered career suicide in the past, things have changed in the recent years. With the volatile job market, views on job stability have shifted, and job seekers are more open to a career change.
It all comes down to timing when one is making a career move. So, here are some tips on how to make that decision to move into a new job:
1. Ask yourself if you need to learn something new or build new connections
Learning something new and staying updated on the new trends in your sector can give you access to new and exciting opportunities. Monetary reward and job titles may not be the only thing to consider when making that shift – gaining exposure and expanding your network could be other factors to consider.
2. Identify your long term career goals
Map out your long term career goals and compare that to your current role. Lay out a roadmap as well as the hard and soft skills that you need to achieve your career goals. If a new role can help you to nurture those required skills further then it might be time for a career move.
3. Maximise opportunities in your current role
Sometimes, you may have overlooked the potential for personal growth in your current job. Speak to your manager on growth opportunities and work on a career growth plan – he or she may have suggestions on how to develop your potential, like an opportunity for an internal transfer.
Use these guidelines to determine where you are in your career path, and whether it is time to make a career change.