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  • Writer's pictureCindy Copich

Time for a change

Updated: Oct 22, 2022

You usually recognize when the time has come to leave your job but what you DO next is essential.

We have all heard about the "Great Resignation" and "Quiet Quitting," but more than likely the need to make a career change was there for some time. What can we learn from these employment trends?

It may sound counter-intuitive, but when you recognize the urgent need for a change, intentionally plan time to think and reflect. Don't ignore this feeling! Find out your why and make a plan.

Plan for Reflection and objective advice

Press the "Pause Button"

Be strategic in your approach. When you start to sense the urgent need for a change in your career, make time in your schedule each day to think about WHY. The knee-jerk reaction may be to get on a job searching site and start frantically applying for new jobs. Try to hit the pause button on this initially. The time you spend thinking about why you want a career change and what is needed from a future employer is essential.

Make sure you are physically, mentally, and emotionally able to make a good decision. An investment in your overall wellness will make for better decision-making. Make wellness an intentional part of your routine and get that on track before you move into "decision mode." Get some rest, get some exercise to clear your head, take a break. If needed, talk to your physician or a counselor to help you set priorities.

A swift career change can often have a financial impact, so it's important to make a plan that supports both your short and long-term needs. Map this out- consider insurance and retirement. Maybe take a closer look at your household budget to assess what your salary needs are for the future. Would a visit with a financial advisor be helpful?

If workplace culture issues are driving your need to make a career change, spend time reflecting on what a positive culture looks like for you. What specifically do you want to find next? How will you identify this in your job search?

Even before updating your LinkedIn profile and resume, spend time identifying and reflecting on your personal values and priorities. These values and priorities may change your career search strategy.

Seek Objective Advice

Sometimes we are so wrapped up in a situation at work that our emotions impact our thinking. Recognize when the advice of a trusted friend or a professional would be valuable as you assess the next steps in your career. Seek out people in your life that can offer advice objectively and connect with professionals for support. Make major decisions from a place of wellness and not desperation.

I often work with clients that have spent years ignoring the subtle clues that they needed a career change (and yes, I have been there too!). Ignoring the physical and emotional symptoms of chronic stress impacts the capacity to make rational decisions. Connecting with someone, a Confidante, who can provide objective advice is essential.


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