Four Options To Consider For A Career Or Job Change
By Jacquie Wise
The world changes too quickly these days for us to be safe plodding on the same path without some kind of growth that increases our choices.
I’ve reinvented myself so many times I’ve lost track, but it’s always expanded my options and has contributed greatly to my professional success and ability to flow with changing market trends.
Whether you’re in between jobs, looking for a new direction, or you’re in a job you hate, you’ve decided it’s time for a change. But to what?
There are four options to consider:
1 Moving up
If you’re bored with your position, the easiest path to take is often to move up to the next level. That may require extra training; it could require a move to another organisation, but it could be a good move if it offers you the extra challenge, income or status you crave, in a career you already enjoy.
2 Moving down
You may want to reduce your levels of pressure or responsibility to enhance your balance of life. Perhaps you need to step downwards to gain experience in a different field. Or you want to reduce your working hours in order to develop your own business on the side. All valid reasons for seeking a job at levels lower than your current position.
3 Moving out
The experience you have could be applicable in a totally different job without necessarily involving additional study. One way I’ve continually kept this option open in my own career is through gaining experience and credibility by volunteering or by being active on a committee.
To inspire you, consider how your current job might differ if applied to research, teaching or training, specialised buying or selling of equipment, specialised journalism, quality control and so on.
4 Moving across
This means doing the same job at the same level, but in a different place. It could be in another branch of the same company, a totally different organisation or different geographical location.
Whether you work in a large organisation or small business will also make a difference to the same role. The smaller the business, the more responsibility and autonomy you’re likely to have.
Don’t limit yourself to advertised positions either. Chase employment agencies, your social and professional networks including LinkedIn for introductions, or try making direct contact with a CV and introduction letter they can’t resist.
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