Thinking about a career change? Here’s what to think about


Posted 26/09/2018 by Richard Samuels

You've probably given some thought to your next career move – even if you’re satisfied with your current role. A career move can help you become more visible, enhance security, increase your value and provide more opportunities for advancements.

However, when thinking of your next role, it is important to consider your professional goals and objectives to help you make an informed choice. Here’s what to think about when thinking about your next role:

1. Opportunities to Advance

The role you’re thinking about should offer significant opportunities for advancement. It should challenge you, expose you to new experiences and help you to get closer to achieving your long-term career goals.

2. Responsibilities

When thinking about your next role, be sure to take on responsibilities that allow you to build on and expand your current skills and abilities. They should build on your past, complement work you’ve already done and expose you to new skills.

3. Salary, Compensation, and Benefits

Salary is an important part of your career. Be sure to evaluate how much your skills and expertise are worth before accepting the salary offered by your next employer. Additionally, you must consider whether the compensation and benefits offered are fair and appealing. The role should offer essential benefits such as health benefits, retirement savings plan and paid time off among others.

4. Work Environment

Good working conditions are essential to increasing efficiency, employee productivity and role commitment. When thinking about your next career move, think about a work environment that allows you to work freely without problems that may restrain you from showcasing your abilities. You may want to search for a role at a company that prioritises issues you deem important, reinforces the trust relationship between senior management and employees and whose values align closely with your personal values. These are just some of the things you need to evaluate when thinking about your next role. In addition to these, you should also know yourself – what you want, areas you thrive, your interests and gaps among others. Considering these elements will help you get a role that will give you full satisfaction.

5. Work Flexibility

Flexibility is one of the most important things to have in a role. It enables you to achieve a better work-life balance which increases productivity and efficiency in the workplace. While there are laws that seek to increase flexibility in the workplace, it’s still a major career concern for most professionals. Statistics show that the number of people quitting their roles due to flexibility issues has doubled from 17% in 2014 to 32% in 2017. Therefore, when thinking of your next role, consider one that offers working conditions that suit your needs.


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