It's not reasonable to expect to have to stay with the relationship we chose at 18, so why is it that we stick with our careers for so long?
Taking a completely new step can seem daunting, however according to the New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, we can expect to change careers 3 times in our lifetimes. It's important then that we take the correct steps when making these moves, ensuring we're leaving for the right reasons.
Studies on job-hopping show that often the problem is an employee's current company, rather than the actual work in hand, meaning the first question to ask yourself is; could moving to a different office make all of the difference?
If the answer is no, you may fall under the bracket explored by researchers from Zurich and Leipzig. Explaining that burnout at work often results from your personality and inner motivations mismatching your job situation, they highlight the ill health effects that come from sticking it out in an incompatible role.
Despite this 'burnout' however studies have gone further, discovering that even if you've already decided your current role isn't for you, leaving without discovering your new passion could result in further unhappiness. Randy Block, Executive Coach and Staffing Consultant, writes, "We all go through phases of unhappiness in our jobs. You should be running towards something, not away from something."
Discovering that something to run towards can simply be a case of trial and error. Matching any transferrable skills with your passions, setting up a job-shadowing position within several roles can help you to negotiate which roles suit, and help you to avoid wasting time within a new job that comes to be as unsatisfying as the one you just left.
Of course a lot of this can come down to who you know, meaning burning any bridges within your current position could affect you negatively in the long run. Even if you're moving from Marketing to Recruitment, your old manager might know someone in your new sector, so keeping them on hand isnít just helpful for keeping your old job as a fallback.
Timothy Butler, Psychotherapist and Senior Advisor for Career Development at Harvard Business School, says the key to networking successfully is to know exactly what you are hoping to gain. He writes, "Everyone talks about networking but networking is useless unless you can tell people in your network exactly who you are and what has to happen for you."
Setting out clear goals then is crucial for moving forward with your career change, whether that's to gain the relevant skills needed via an internship, connecting with industry leaders on LinkedIn or updating your CV, knowing what information you need from those your networking with could make a world of difference to your new job search.
Whilst everybody will be starting with a different range of challenges, one factor should be the same for everybody; the assurance that your career change is your main focus. None of us can see the future, however Salzberg, CEO/ Founder of Blue Apron, says that we should have most of our ducks in a row before throwing the towel in on our established position.
You can only have chaos in one sphere of your life at a time. So if you're thinking about a professional transition, try to do it at a time when your personal life is stable.
Once you've established what it is you want to do, and that this is the right time for you, give us a call and we can get you on the right track.