Since changing jobs, people have asked, “Why did you leave?” or “How did you know it was time?” The answer is simple:
you just know
People struggle with acting upon their thoughts of leaving. They’re afraid; afraid of financial struggles, afraid to start over, or afraid of the unknown. Nothing wrong with this, just as long as it’s temporary and NOT permanent. The future is worrisome and unpredictable. The only way out of your situation is to be brave, be courageous, and stand up for yourself and your future.
Think of all of the disgruntled coworkers you’ve met in your career. It’s unfortunate when coworkers whom know they are ready to leave stay put. The way they act, the way they talk, and the way they move all points in the direction of them wanting to leave. But they never take that leap of faith. They’ve been at the same position with the same company making the same amount of money for years and years, and never make a career move.
I get that not everyone on this planet is career driven. If you are and there comes a time when you ask yourself, “What’s my future here?”, then I believe it’s time for you make a change. You have two options: switch positions within the company or move to a new company. The choice is yours for the making.
Most Common Reasons for a Career Move
Everyone’s different and has their own reasons for changing jobs. There are, however, common motivators behind peoples’ career changes. I’ve thought it over and looked up reasons why I believe millennials make these moves:
1.) Lack of Meaning:
The world can be a tough place. The only way to counter this is by focusing on your purpose or mission in life. Since people spend the majority of their time at work, it makes no sense to spend all your life at a place you no longer want to be. I don’t see how people hate their job Monday thru Friday and try to counter their unhappiness on their two day weekend. It doesn’t work, EVER.
What causes this?
You’ve worked hard, ready for more responsibilities, a promotion, or at least an increase in salary, but it never comes your way. You’ll end up being demotivated, stuck, bored, not challenged, and everything becomes routine. You no longer take pride in your work and could care less about the results.
This is what a lack of meaning will do. Your solution? Move on to bigger and better things.
2.) Meant for More:
Some people believe they are meant for more. If you have this mindset, great, and if not, also great. With this meant for more mindset, you’ll always run into “hold your horses” type of people.
Individuals whom don’t have this mindset will put you down for thinking this way. Don’t be ashamed for feeling you’re meant for more. Don’t be ashamed for having high expectations in life and what you want to do every single day. More importantly don’t listen to other people’s opinions whom you don’t respect or consider mentors.
People will always put you down in life. Don’t let it sink in. Let their comments in one ear and out the other.
You are the captain of your own ship.
3.) Money and Career Growth:
Don’t be fooled by people who say money isn’t everything. Having money solves a lot of problems. On the other hand, a salary increase brings its own set of issues to the table if you aren’t careful. Either way, there’s nothing wrong with pursuing your financial goals or striving for a certain salary. Most things in this world are driven by money, so why can’t you?
When you’re young and your priorities are at a minimal, you should be pursuing career goals. Hitting milestones and upping your skillsets/experiences leads to more money if you market yourself correctly. Individuals who do this will be much further ahead money wise and career wise when they enter their thirties and forties.
I will say, however, that money should not be your number one priority in leaving, but a priority. This has the potential to cause you to take a job you won’t enjoy just for the sake of a higher paycheck. Nine times out of ten, this will not work out, and you’ll be miserable.
Do What’s Best for You
In this day in age, company loyalty rarely pays. The company will never love you like you love the company. And don’t take it personal, it’s just business.
Apply to jobs, network, go on interviews, even if you’re satisfied where you’re at. You never know whom you’ll meet or the opportunities around the corner. Do what’s best for YOU.
I’ll tell you one thing; switching jobs has done wonders for my mental and physical health. I’m no longer negative about my situation at work. These negative thoughts no longer carry over into my personal life. I’m more focused on being the best version of myself, and I couldn’t be happier.
Now, will this last forever? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s better than where I used to be.
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“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
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