Maybe you love your job maybe you don't. The decision to make a career change does not always have to be fueled by discontentment. Changing jobs can be scary, and the idea of leaving a comfortable role with familiar co-workers may not have crossed your mind, but you could be missing out on great opportunities for career and personal growth. Consider five reasons why job hopping could be a strategic step for you:
Gain more experience and broaden your horizons
Your position has probably taught you a lot. You overcame the learning curve over the first few years and have now perfected the little details that come with the role. In a way, you could consider yourself an expert at what you do. But with every position, there are growth limitations and sometimes, you outgrow your role. Switching jobs can allow you to take your prior experiences and apply them to a new role, give fresh insights into a new, challenging situation, and contribute your knowledge to a new team.
You don't feel challenged
Are you delivering jaw-dropping presentations or shooting three-pointers into the trash bin? Albeit an untaxing work days sounding agreeable, consider how much you are getting out of your job and how much you have grown over the course of your placement. If you need copious amounts of coffee at work to keep yourself conscious, you’re probably not being challenged enough. Experts say that 20% of your work should be a challenge. A healthy dose of engaging, demanding work keeps you on your toes. When work gets too easy, bad habits fall into place, morale drops, lethargy kicks in, and what could be a blossoming career turns into an unenthusiastic 40-hour week. Overcoming hurdles and solving complex problems are the best way to advance in your career.
You have gone through a major life change
There is a life outside of work and sometimes… things happen. Whether you just got married or have kids on the way, or you have a big move coming up in a few months, sometimes there are changes in your life that call for a career pivot. When it comes to finding a new job, you never know what you will reel in. If you want higher pay or the ability to spend more time at home, these can all be negotiated in a new contract. Play your cards right and you might just get that better work-life balance to which you aspire. Making a strategic move could be just the catalyst to support the new changes in your life.
Your work focuses on your weaknesses
Even after a thorough vetting process and rounds of interviews, your employer chose you out of all the applicants as the prime candidate for a position. You feel safe in assuming that your skills are the perfect complement to the daily duties of that role, but that is not always the case. Are there moments you feel that your job does not play to your strengths and that takes a toll on your performance reviews, or you find it hard to stand out on your team because the work saturates you. Just because the hiring process seems thorough does not mean there is not a margin for error and your best assets get swept aside. You want a job that aligns with your strengths and bolsters your weaknesses.
You are ready for a new career
A career can plateau, stagnate, even stifle -- and it may not even be the job itself, but how you feel about the role. That new degree or certification you just obtained could over-qualify you for your role; you have grown out of your position. There is a plethora of reasons why you could feel ready for a new career. Despite the difficulties that come with finding a new job and adjusting to the transition, every job has an expiration date and it is appropriate to move on. If you are craving a change in pace, go for it. You never know what lies on the other side of the doors and job hopping could surprise you. Higher pay, healthier work culture, outstanding work-life balance, better benefits… the list goes on. But you won’t know if you don’t try.