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The right time for a career change?

When would you say is the right time for an individual to seek better opportunities in one’s career?

The ideal job is a job that enables you to be fully engaged. This means that you will enjoy what you do, you will enjoy working in your team or department, you will have a good relationship with your direct manager and you will feel that you’re working for a great organisation. The opposite then is true as well: if you feel unhappy or disgruntled with either your job, team, manager or organisation it may be very difficult to reach optimal levels of performance and personal satisfaction. Therefore, when considering better opportunities, assess your satisfaction levels with each of the abovementioned aspects of your job and really determine which of these are your main areas of concern. If you feel dissatisfied with your current job more than 60% of the time (cause let’s face it, we all have bad days and less satisfying parts to our jobs), I would say it is time for you to consider other opportunities. But before considering any alternatives, you need to put together a career strategy for yourself. There are various career coaching professionals that could assist you with this process, but you can also do it yourself. The main goal is to know where you are going (i.e. where do you imagine yourself being at the top point of your career), what you’re good at and what you need to do to get there. Once you are able to answer these questions, you can make the best decisions in terms of other opportunities.

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