If you’re not satisfied in your current role, there’s no time like the present to consider a change. Here’s what to do if you decide to take the leap.
You need to be able to candidly assess your own strengths, weaknesses, ambitions and limitations. Whether you want to move within your company, within your industry or start a new career from scratch, evaluate what you liked and disliked in your previous work experiences. Ask yourself why you’re making a move and what your priorities are. Are you looking for more flexible working hours, to improve your skill set, to contribute to society?
Look up what opportunities are out there. Use career sites and apps to look at the frequency and locations of your desired roles. Compare job specs and starting salaries to fully weigh your options. Speak to people in the company or role you want to work at. Use social media or review sites like Glassdoor to check out prospective employers.
Not ideal for the finances but an internship can be the best indication of your suitability to a new career. You get first hand experience of what the job or company is like as well as getting an authentic view of prospective colleagues in their work environment.
Find A Mentor
Building connections with influencers in the industry or profession you want to move to is an invaluable way to source wisdom and advice. Ruth Penfold, Director of Talent Acquisition for Shazam, says:
“If you are interested in someone professionally, don’t be afraid to reach out to them and ask them to meet or connect online. It’s hugely flattering to have someone be interested in your expertise and what you do – most people will be responsive when you ask them.”
While you might be tempted to storm out of your job in a blaze of defiant glory, the reality is you’re better off not burning bridges. The best way to go about getting a new job is to leave your current one on a high, having maintained an excellent performance and good working relationships. Give adequate notice and thorough handovers (where applicable). You never know when former colleagues or bosses may cross your professional path again!