How to know when you're ready for your next adventure

10 February 2020

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Sometimes it’s quite difficult to know when it’s a good time to make a move. The truth is, there’s no good time – It’s all down to your own goals, aspirations and quite simply, whether you’re fully satisfied with your current role or not. Lots of us tend to seek advice from our loved ones and friends, but really the decision is one that only you can make.

Undoubtedly, there are many people that continue to stay in roles that they’re not exactly thrilled to be doing, whether it’s because they’ve become too comfortable or are a little unnerved about the thought of change. However, if you’ve been pondering as to whether you’re ready or not to embark upon your next career adventure, you may find this next part useful.

We’ve listed a handful of tell-tale signs that many employees experience when coming to the end of their time within a role…

  1. A lack of passion and motivation – Waking up in the morning and not having the drive to start the business day is a clear sign that something isn’t quite working. Whether it’s just a blip or whether it’s a permanent thing, it’s worth considering the route of the problem. Are you bored of the role? Do you need more of a challenge? If it’s just elements of the role that are frustrating you, maybe speak to your line manager to see if you’re able to adjust it slightly or maybe look into whether your employer is looking to recruit for any new positions that you may be able to switch to. If you decide the company just isn’t for you anymore, then it’s probably time to leave.
  1. A change of ambition – Have you had a sudden change of heart and thought to yourself, this isn’t what I want to do with my life…If so, that pivotal moment of realisation is a clear indicator that you’re not satisfied in your current role and that you should really pursue your dream career. Staying in a job that you’re not in any way interested in will usually result in your work performance suffering – which is never a good thing!
  1. You're constantly stressed or simply unhappy at work – We all have bad days. But if you’re experiencing more bad days than good, it’s time to make some changes. This may not necessarily mean leaving the company, it may be that a few internal issues need addressing by senior members of the team but given the amount of time we spend at work, it’s really important that we enjoy what we do and that we’re not under any permanent or unnecessary stress.
  1. You don’t feel a connection with the company anymore – If you feel somewhat disconnected from your employer and not in line with their vision for the company’s future, it’s probably time to make a move. You don’t want to be holding the company back from achieving its goals, but at the same time, you don’t want to be holding yourself back from achieving your own dreams either.
  1. Your unable to put all of your skills to use – If you feel like you’re not able to show what you’re really made of, have a word with your manager to see if you’re able to take on a few more responsibilities in order to challenge yourself and utilise those skills you’ve not had the chance to show off yet. If not, search for a new role that will enable you to grow and do what you’re really good at.
  1. There’s no room for progression – We all aim to progress at some point or another within our careers, however there are some companies where this isn’t always possible. If there’s a slim chance, maybe it’s worth persevering, you never know when your time to shine will come. If you’re adamant that there’s definitely no chance of progressing to where you’d like to be, but you feel you are ready for that next step, then why not take that chance and begin searching for something new!

If you’re seriously considering a change, read our tips on how to transform your CV or how to make the best impression in your interview.

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