6 (Perfectly Acceptable) Reasons to Make a Change in Your Career

Reasons to Change Your Career - Elevate Your Career

Since the turn of the millennium, Canadians have changed their jobs more than ever before.

Probably more often than you realize.

According to a 2014 poll by Workopolis, over 50% of people are working at jobs they’ve been at for less than two years. Only 30% of people hold any job for more than four years.

It’s not just their jobs and employers that are changing. People change their careers at a rapid pace too. Only 31% of workers have always remained in the same field, 21% have changed careers once, 35% have had at three or four different kinds of jobs and 13% have followed more than four different career paths.

So if you’re worried that your plan to elevate your career is too brazen, know that you’re not alone—not at all!

There are lots of reasons to want to make a change in your career. Here are a few of them:

Better Pay

If you feel like you’re not earning what you’re worth, maybe it’s time to do something about that. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go find a new employer. It might just mean you’re due to ask for a raise, or to seek a promotion within your current company.

Pursuing your Passions

Sometimes we find ourselves in jobs that are fine, that pay the bills and that we’re good at, but that we’re not really passionate about. Maybe you’re not doing what you studied to do because when you graduated there weren’t opportunities in your field. Or maybe you’ve discovered an entirely new passion that you’d like to pursue as a career.

Family Commitments

Perhaps your job has you traveling more often than you’d like to. You might even be asked to move to a different city, province or outside of the country for your work. Maybe you’re working long hours and missing evening and weekend activities at home. Those things can be hard on a family. An illness in a family might also create for your new commitments that make your current job difficult for you.

Job / Industry Stability

If you’re at a job where you see frequent layoffs, or if you’re in an industry where the jobs are never really guaranteed long-term, you might want to look at other opportunities. It’s nice to have a job with great pay and benefits, but if that’s not going to last long-term, you might be willing to accept a little less pay for a little less volatility.

Opportunities for Advancement

Maybe you don’t see opportunities to advance with your current employer. Or, on the flipside, maybe you do see an opportunity and now is the time to grasp hold of that.

Thirst for Challenge

Whether you’re new to your job or you’ve been there for decades, if you’re not feeling challenged, you may want to seek out work that provides you with more excitement. That being said, if you feel like you’re in over your head at your current job, either because you were never really cut out for it, or because your responsibilities have increased or changed, it might be time for you to look for a new job.

It’s OK to Move On

Employers understand that the bond between an employer and an employee is rarely permanent these days, so when you give notice, although they may be disappointed, they likely won’t be shocked.

Start with a Plan

The key when you do want to elevate your career, whether it’s within your current organization or elsewhere, is to formulate a plan of action. Making rash decisions can have a negative impact on your career; however, exploring new opportunities and analyzing your options may open up doors of opportunity you never knew existed.

I mentioned in my last post on the Elevate Your Career blog that one of the most important (and first) things you should do when you decide to make a change is to tell somebody else.

What motivates you to make change happen in your career?

I invite you to share on this Facebook post what the motivating factors are behind your desire to make a change in your career, whether that’s asking for a raise, getting back into the workforce after time away or pursuing a new career direction entirely. Click here.