Switching Jobs? Don’t Fear Changing Careers!
People hear a lot of things when they disclose they are thinking of switching jobs.
- “Why are you quitting? You’re only less than two years in that job.”
- “I wouldn’t hand over my resignation yet until I find another offer.”
- “I’m afraid that quitting might affect how employers view my resume.”
Although millennials are seen as constant job-hoppers, they’re not the first generation to switch jobs multiple times during their professional life.
Believe it or not, the Baby Boomer age group changed professions about 11 times in 30 years.
This number is according to the 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.
Based on their findings, folks of the previous generation were also trying to find a fulfilling career by job-hopping.
Feeling guilty that you want to quit?
Not sure about your next career move?
Trying to identify which industry you’re a good fit for?
Relax – here are six reasons you shouldn’t stress over switching jobs.
6 Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Switching Jobs
1. Times are changing.
Let’s face it: just because you changed from one work to another within a year doesn’t mean you’re irresponsible.
Many things can affect how long you stay at a job—and it doesn’t have to be about how satisfied you are.
In addition, employees don’t need to work in one location anymore or stick to a 9-5 schedule.
That’s because more and more companies are implementing flexible employment policies.
For instance, if you don’t really want to quit your job but are concerned about the long commute, you can strike a bargain with your boss.
Smart managers will do what they can to keep a good worker.
All you need is the courage to communicate your needs.
2. Employers today are more open.
Back then, people who leave their companies before their five-year anniversary were seen as traitors.
Nowadays, firms are more open to seeing gaps or a change in jobs in candidates’ resumes.
What they are looking for, though, is how you used your various experiences to grow as a person and contribute positively to your prior position.
In fact, if you talk to your boss about the possibility of transferring to another company, he or she may clarify that the door will always be open for your return.
Even big corporations like Yahoo see a good number of returning employees.
This is because today’s businesses value a worker’s knowledge—not their years of remaining at one job.
3. Learning something new is more important.
As mentioned, many managers nowadays are not concerned about a gap in their employment history or seeing a couple of jobs listed within two years.
What’s essential to them is to hear what you learned and how you will use these findings in your future position.
Plus, there are some instances when you would really need to change jobs (i.e., when moving to another state or country).
Is your current position hindering you from learning something new?
Is negotiating out of the question?
What other skills are you interested in?
Which companies and/or industries might offer this?
Think it over carefully.
Remember: this is about your future.
4. It’s more practical to switch jobs
Sometimes, leaving your job for another is the only best option.
This usually happens when you move because of marriage or when you need to take care of a sick loved one for a while.
Life happens—and when it does, our jobs come second.
This isn’t a bad thing.
Good employers understand and will consider your experience and passion with a gap in your resume.
If you made good use of that time, there’s no reason to be afraid.
You can shine in your own way by highlighting the good stuff you accomplished during the shift (ex: “I learned a lot during my time as a caregiver for X, one of which is budgeting. I’m confident that this will help me if I should be considered for the position of Y in your company”).
5. Loving your work makes you more productive.
One of the main reasons employees changes jobs is because they’re trying to find meaning in their work.
If you’re one of them, don’t you think it’s unfair to your boss that you keep working at a job you hate?
In a study by the University of Warwick, happier employees are 12 percent more productive.
And guess what—money is not the biggest factor for their contentment.
Of course, don’t just quit because you had a bad day.
It happens to everyone.
But when you notice you feel disengaged and de-motivated in your tasks, be alert!
You may need to reassess your current situation.
6. You need to know—not be stuck wondering.
In your quest to find a “job that fits,” you may end up wondering all kinds of “what ifs” before venturing into the job market.
“What if I don’t like it there after six months?”
“What if I’m not hired? I’ll be unemployed for a while.”
“What if they don’t have opportunities for promotion?”
Here’s the thing: you can keep asking these questions, or you could get your feet wet.
You want to switch jobs because you want to know.
Plenty of companies today have trial periods when you can experience working there for a few weeks before deciding.
If you’re worried about being jobless, try searching for side hustles you can do for the time being (i.e., freelance writer, part-time server, web designer, etc.).
Even famous people had odd jobs before they found the one that was right for them.
This may sound cliché, but “you’ll never know unless you try,” right?
The World Is Waiting for you to make a career move
It’s okay to fear the consequences of switching jobs.
But times have changed.
Employers are now more understanding, communicative, and open.
Gone are the days when employees would be reprimanded for telling the truth.
Whether you plan on changing jobs to explore better opportunities or because you want to try new skills, use that fear as your springboard.
The world is big and waiting for you—all you need to do is to decide.
In the comment section below, tell us about a time a job switch worked out well for you.