Afraid of moving to a new job?

Unhappy at work? You are not alone.
Unhappy at work? You are not alone.

MOVING to a new job can be daunting.  You have to adjust to a new company, management and colleagues. However, experts say that in due time, you will start feeling comfortable.


Starting over is never easy and leaving a job that you have come to master is a challenge and sometimes demotivating. However, Dr Gillian Mooney, an educational expert and Dean of Academic Development at IIE (Independent Institute of Education), says fear is not a good enough reason to deny yourself opportunities. Dr Gillian advises that you first determine the direction that you want your career to take before making any career decisions. “It’s easier said than done. Many people know that they are not in the right field or in the right position, but feel stuck because they really don’t know what to do,” Dr Gillian says. Sindy Barlett, an industrial psychologist at Optifoce, an industrial psychology consulting firm based in Gauteng, says changing jobs can sometimes be demotivating. The expert explains that this can still happen when you move into a different position in your existing company, and says you should never stay in a job that makes you unhappy because you are afraid to start over. “Every change comes with a lot of emotions. Try to stay positive and give yourself time to adjust. Familiarise yourself with the culture of the company and attempt to build new relationships,” she advises.


Dr Gillian and Sindy both agree that whether you are simply moving into a new position, or changing careers, you will automatically have transferable skills that can make the transition a smooth one. However, they say no matter how excited you are about leaving your current job, you should never hand in your resignation letter without doing your own research and ensuring that you are signing a contract with a reputable company. Sindy says you shouldn’t let the excitement cloud your judgment and think that moving into a new company will make your job any easier. “We all have good and bad days, but when your unhappiness outweighs your satisfaction, you may need a change.  It is, furthermore, recommended that you understand your professional needs to avoid moving into a new space only to get trapped in the same cycle,” Sindy advises. If you’ve made a decision to change jobs and you are struggling to get interviews, you may need to change your approach. A senior head of programme at IIE, Wonga Ntshinga, advises that you keep your ear on the ground, network and do desktop research. “Joining a professional a organisation can be very helpful. Most professional organisations will provide you with networking events and opportunities, industry newsletters and possibility to impressing a potential employee,” Wonga says.


There’s an employee payout that you get when you leave your job, and many people see this money as a stepping stone to financial freedom. They often see it an opportunity to pay off their debts and start on a clean slate, but Marcel Wasserman, a registered independent financial advisor and coach, advise against the decision and explains that it teaches you bad habits. The expert’s job is to help people solve their financial stress, and get them started on the correct method to protect and build wealth. He says the only effective way to get out of debt would be to manage your finances better. To get yourself out of debt, Marcel advises that you first list all your debts, smallest to largest, and start paying them off by how small they are. The expert says saving 25 per cent of your salary and only accessing the money when you really need it, can help you avoid debt in the first place. “I always advise my clients to learn the art of managing money and setting their minds on accumulating wealth before anything,” he explains. Employee benefit payouts usually takes a month or two to clear out, Marcel advices that you start planning for the money shortly after sending in your resignation letter. He says investments should be the only thing you think of, advising that you invest all the money.

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