Is it time to change jobs?

Millennials get a bad reputation for being job-hoppers for not settling for positions they feel are below their reasonable expectations.

Millennials get a pretty bad rap for being job-hoppers because they want to leave at the first sign of an inconvenience; at least that’s the thinking by older employers.

A poll by Gallup in the United States focused on How Millennials Want to Live and Work, zeroing in on, among other things, what they want from their workplace and how organisations can attract, engage and retain them. It revealed that 21 per cent of millennials had changed jobs in the past year and that 60 per cent said they were open to a new job opportunity with the majority not being engaged at their workplace.

Millennials want to work at a place that not only challenges them but also engages them and aligns with their interests.

When considering if it’s the right time to change jobs, the decision is not one to be taken lightly as this will literally impact all aspects of your life for the foreseeable future. Consider if you are moving towards a good job or simply trying to get away from a bad one as your income, time and personal well-being will now be dependent on this unknown variable.

Challenge

Does the prospective job offer opportunities to flex your muscles, physical or otherwise, and challenge you to operate at a higher level by becoming more efficient and better at management of time and people? If not, then maybe it’s not for you. The thing about working within your comfort zone all the time is that it gets pretty boring very fast.

Growth

If job doesn’t challenge you or utilise your skillset, it can be easy for one to start feeling discomfort in that role.

If you have been doing the same job for some time and realise there is little to no room for growth professionally then it quickly becomes a dead-end job. Many times this is due to no fault of the employer but just the nature of the business. With that said, while helping a company achieve its mandate is great, you should not have to sacrifice your personal development for it. It’s cliché but ‘you are not a tree, move’!

Money

Let’s not beat around the bush, money almost always plays a factor in moves.  You either don’t make enough or you just see an opportunity to make more. While I have never made a move solely for a raise, money should factor into the decision-making process. Heck, people have left jobs for less so they can have more free time or greater peace of mind. You really can’t put a price on some things.

Money shouldn’t be the deciding factor when changing a job but it should be a consideration since it will impact the way you are able to live your life.

Learning

You need to always be open to learning new things and relearning old functions, even at a different job. Regardless of the offer, what can the company and its team teach you and how will it impact your life? Change should be about betterment and mastery. Don’t compromise on that.