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You are not a coward. In fact, you are known for your persistence, your professionalism and your loyalty. You work harder than anyone you know.
But you have to admit that you’ve been feeling a bit lost lately, each day dragging on longer than the last.
You are definitely at a decision point in your career. And maybe it looks more like a breaking point. You are not alone: almost everyone I know who has worked for 10 years or more is in the same situation. And I know it hurts and you care the most.
The thing is, you deserve to be happy at work. Really, yes. And sometimes it is wise to know when to get away from a bad situation – towards something better.
But before making reckless decisions, think about what your ideal work environment might look like. And remember, it’s easier to get a new job while you still have one. So before you do something you might regret, step back and take an objective look at your situation. And then decide if it’s really time to get away.
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To do this well, you must first have a strategy of what you want your future to hold. Only then can you accurately assess how your reality matches the vision you have. Use the following framework to measure how your employment rates in these four key areas:
Of course, you want to progress in your career. But you must first have a destination in mind, or you will continue to drift aimlessly from job to job. So if you haven’t thought about your long-term goals, do it now. Think: Where do you want to be in the next five to ten years, and does your current job guide you towards this goal?
You will be most deeply satisfied in a role where you can fully apply your existing skills and be stretched to learn new ones every day. If you feel less than confident in your work, you may not be in an environment that challenges you to work to your full potential. So ask yourself – are you making the most of your skills in your current role, and are you developing new skills?
Your compensation and benefits are of course important. But money is not everything; you can have an impressive six figure salary and feel dissatisfied. Your work must also provide intrinsic pay – the reward that comes from hard work for a day. If you feel short-circuited in either area, this may explain your disillusionment. So, do you earn what you are worth and do you feel satisfied?
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You hate to admit it, but your boss unfortunately has the power to make your life miserable. And a bad relationship with the boss is the main reason why many others start looking for a new job. Ask yourself if your boss is the real problem in your workplace, especially if he doesn’t have your best interests in mind. Is your boss an ally or an opponent?
Before making big life decisions like a job change, it is essential to objectively assess your current situation. Once you know the answers to these questions, you will be able to see what is missing and what is aligned. Then you can make a rational and fully informed decision.
If you decide it’s time to move on, keep using this assessment throughout your job search. In this way, you can ensure that any new opportunity that arises aligns with what you really want to accomplish.
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Remember to move towards this ideal – towards the work you deserve. And it can be where you are right now or if you have to walk away and find something new.