5 signs it’s time for a career change


By AGSM Oct 3, 2017 

Are you disengaged without knowing it? Global think-tank Reventure Ltd reports disengagement drives 49% of Australia’s workforce and it’s not just bad for business, but has long term ramifications on people’s employability, health and career path.

If the below tell-tale signs resonate, it might be time to change your career or risk running into a rut long term.

Low productivity. Our output is influenced by a number of things: our environment, mental wellbeing and relationship with our peers. If your productivity has ground to a halt it’s important to understand what’s driving it. Are you disconnected from your company’s mission? Not feeling challenged? Or has your career path come to a standstill? Self-reflection is key to understanding what’s truly at the heart of the problem. Sometimes the answer could be as simple as understanding what keeps you focused. The Pomodoro technique, for instance, is a great tool to combat a wondering mind – by encouraging frequent breaks to manage distractions and stimulate creativity. Taking an active approach to understanding you will help you find solutions to make you better.

Undervalued. A National Salary Survey by the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) found more than 25,000 employees leave their jobs because they want better financial rewards. And with a volatile Australian housing market and slow wage growth, getting to that next pay grade is necessary. When you’re feeling undervalued, the instinct is to leave. Our advice? Consider a game plan. Whether it’s demonstrating your ROI to the business or filling in the skills gap, mapping out a plan is key in taking control. 

Dissatisfied? You aren’t alone. Deloitte’s Shift Index Survey found 80 per cent of employees were dissatisfied with their job. So how do you find purpose in something that’s lost its meaning? Why not shift the focus to you? You are your most important asset when it comes to your career journey. Are you up with the latest technology and economic trends? Do you know your values and what drives you? By focusing on your own development, you will move forward rather than getting stuck in a role or career that makes you unhappy. Which brings us to the next point…

You aren’t challenged. Mental stimulation is the key to progress and achievement. And if your job has become routine, chances are your growth has stagnated. Often, though, we don’t even know we’re not challenged until we’ve dropped the ball or have already checked out. A report by Harvard Business Review finds links between high performance and employee engagement. But maintaining engagement can be an art, and those notorious for bringing their A-Game are often the ones with a mental map of where they’re going and know how to get there. And if you don’t know what you want, implementing Design Thinking principles to your career can help you get there. When applying Discover. Interpret. Ideate. Experiment. Evolve. phases to your career, individuals can identify a problem or opportunity with multiple solutions. Going through this process allows you to reframe your position to put you in the driver’s seat rather than at the mercy of your ‘circumstance’.

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