Maybe you have reached a point in your working life when you need a new challenge. You might even be thinking about a completely new career direction.
We all have times when we get frustrated with our jobs. But stop and think first - will things get better or has the job run its course and it's time to take action? If you decide it's time for action, the next decision is whether it's a fresh job role, a different organisation or a completely new direction you need. Read on for help with deciding if your career needs a little tweak or a full overhaul....
Thinking about what you've achieved in your career so far can be a good place to start. Success means different things to different people, but you may want to consider whether you’ve:
Working out whether your current job has let you achieve the level of success you want should give you an idea of whether it's time for a change.
If you think a career change could benefit you, you’ll need to decide whether you want:
Asking yourself some of the following questions may help you to work this out.
If you no longer enjoy the day-to-day activities in your job, it might be that you've been in this type of role too long and you need a new challenge. Moving to a different department within your organisation, or to a different employer might solve the problem.
If you actively dislike parts of your day-to-day job - or you don't get the chance to use all of your talents - ask yourself whether what you do is typical for someone in your line of work. If you're dissatisfied with the job itself, changing department or employer may not improve things. You may want to consider a bigger change.
If you decide you do want to re-train, you'll have to decide how to go about it. If you've got financial commitments you may prefer to stay in your current job and do a part-time or flexible course.
How do you get on with colleagues, managers, clients and others in your workplace? Consider whether any problems are due to personality clashes with particular individuals, the culture of the workplace, or because of the nature of the job itself.
If you like the people you work with but are frustrated by the actual work, you may want to look at changing your role within the organisation, or looking for a different role with a similar employer.
If you're looking for a better fit with your family life, a change of job isn't always necessary.
Technology is making it possible for more people to spend time working from home. Bear in mind that you may have the right to ask your employer to make arrangements for flexible working (though they can refuse if there's a good business reason to do so).