Career decisions can be tough. It’s often a fine balance between moving too soon and being seen as staying too long and lacking ambition. On the other hand there are often some indicators that it might be time to move on.
You Are Cruising
If you are turning up for work each week and just cruising along on auto pilot, chances are that it might be time to seek a new role. We all enjoy the odd easier day and if you are ambitious you will probably get bored quickly.
You Are Not Being Challenged
We all to a greater or lesser extent need to be challenged and stretched. When it becomes too easy, you can easily become disengaged.
You Lose Respect For Senior People
An important factor for many people is that they have a boss or a senior management team that they have respect for. When that respect goes, perhaps because they are avoiding tough decisions it is easy to get frustrated.
Your Contribution Is Not Valued
No one expects to get their own way all of the time. By the same token if your views are not being valued just because you do a certain role or have a certain job title, the reality is that you are never going to have the impact you know you can. If your contribution is not valued what is the point in staying around.
You Are Getting Frustrated By Trivial Things
We all get irritated at some point in the workplace. If you are finding that you are getting frustrated by small, inconsequential things, then many it’s time to take stock and take action.
You Have Nothing More To Contribute
When you start a new role there are many challenges. You see things with fresh eyes and are able to make changes that are well received and make a difference. Even the best employee will reach a point when they feel that there is nothing more that they can contribute.
The Bottom Line: Sometimes it will be a tough decision to determine whether to move on or stay in a job. On the other hand there may well be some indicators telling you the time is right for your next challenge.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and other professional people achieve more career success. He invites you to sign up for his free audio masterclass
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.