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What to do when you no longer love your job

By Faeza
26 August 2016

Times are tough and jobs are scarce and as a result, many people are forced to stay in jobs that no longer make them happy merely because of the security they offer. Educational psychologist and career coaches give advice on things to consider before you decide to leave your current job and move on to a new one.

IS IT TIME TO CHANGE YOUR CAREER?

According to Suyan Budhoo, a career coach from Success Focus in Queenswood, Pretoria, if you are no longer passionate about your job and you feel demotivated, it could be time for a change. “If you are feeling bored or unappreciated at work and you are always looking forward to the

weekend or holidays, then it’s likely that you are in need of a career change. If you are also embarrassed to tell people what you do, then maybe it’s time to pursue a career you can be proud of.

Declining health is also a first indicator that you need to change your job. You may experience constant migraines, anxiety and difficulty concentrating. If you see this happening to you, then it’s time to move on,” Suyan explains. According to the National Career Services, a portal that provides career advice for young people in the United Kingdom, if you are dissatisfied with the job itself, moving to another department or employer may not improve things. You may want to consider a bigger change.

WHY PEOPLE CHANGE JOBS

“People change jobs for various reasons, the common one being not getting a promotion. In some instances, people leave because of the supervisor’s lack of respect or support for the staff, unsatisfactory compensation or their jobs just become boring. Poor relationships with colleagues and the feeling of being demotivated play a role too,” says Suyan. Studies done by a recruitment agency called Talentor, reveal that to retain top talent, nowadays companies are trying to create an environment where new ideas and improvement of products or services are valued and rewarded. But before quitting your job, there are things you need to look at.

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE TAKING THAT BIG STEP

Fatima Adams, an educational psychologist based in Norwood, Gauteng, north of Johannesburg, says, “You should consider your areas of interest and find out what you are good at. Seek help and make sure that you have sufficient knowledge about the new career that you want to pursue. “Do your research and speak to people who are already in the industry. If there are small changes that you can make in your current job, try it before you move to another company because the grass is not always greener on the other side. It’s also a good idea to save some money before quitting,” adds Suyan.

DOES A SALARY COUNT?

“In today’s economic climate, a salary is important. But equally important is job satisfaction and having a good balance between your work and personal life. If you are financially stable with very little debt, a salary should come second. But if you still have a significant amount of debt you need to pay, you should look at the salary when changing jobs. If you have a family to support, an increase in salary will definitely help,” Suyan advises. It’s important to know your worth before entering into any salary discussion with the new employer so that you can protect yourself against being underpaid.

WHAT NOT TO DO AT YOUR NEW JOB

A media buyer from IQ Academy, Zethu Mthimkulu, has advice on what not to do when you finally land the new job. She says:

¦ Don’t oversell your knowledge and skills or assume you are expected to know everything. Ask if you need help.

¦ Don’t be closed to new experiences; be open to learning new ways of doing things.

¦ Don’t wait for directions from your manager or boss. It's in your best interest to show initiative and independence in your role.

¦ Don’t get involved in office politics or rumours.

¦ Don’t compare companies. Every company has its own management style and way of doing things.

¦ Don’t try to be too friendly with everyone. You are there to perform your duties and not to make friends. The person who sits at his or her desk and delivers is the person that the managers prefer to keep on their team.

¦ Don’t complain unneccessarily.

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