How to change jobs when you are unsure about next career move
Are you planning to quit your job but have no clue about your next move? Here's help.
Are you planning to quit your job but have no clue about your next move? Or are you a fresher with no idea about where to start? Your biggest hurdle is your state of mind where neither do you have a passion to pursue nor a long-term career plan to work upon.
You are frustrated with your role and yet other job options seem equally terrible. You will not find direction in your current state of awareness and will need to energise your thinking with fresh inputs, experiences and perspectives. Here’s how.
- Time focus
- Self focus
To solve your career question, get a larger canvas and a wider perspective that comes from internalising new learnings. Invest in reading, people, and new projects to build a larger bank to draw from. Also consider all those exciting options that you considered risky earlier. Think of travelling extensively, starting your business, trying internships at startups, volunteering at an NGO or working in an area of your hobby/ passion.
- Job content focus
“Salesperson” – can lead to completely different experiences depending on whether you are selling over the telephone, in person, to individuals, to corporations, whether you are selling small ticket items or a single large sale every year. If you cannot experience a new prospective role, seek advice from people who are successful in those roles.
- Contribution focus
- Goal focus
If you identify a goal that is a few years away, you can generate many paths to reach your destination and thus create multiple starting points to choose from. Once you select a path, shift your focus to the present moment and master skills one at a time. Remember that the goal must be work related and not an outcome.
Thus, becoming famous or earning a million dollars cannot be the goal. Such outcomes may arise once you find the career that you are happy to work upon and become successful.
- Person focus
- Life focus
While you are worried about your next job, you do not want other areas of your life to break down simultaneously. Stay invested in all your other areas to retain the balance you need to figure out your current challenge. Next leverage your support system of friends, colleagues and family and involve them in your efforts. You will gain different perspectives, new opportunities and people contacts leading to a faster or better solution.
- Completion focus
When the reason is...
What is your primary reason for quitting your current job and landing in a tough space of fi guring out your next move? The most common reason of quitting is a bad boss. If this is your reason too, then simply take a short break and fi nd a similar job after researching your future boss and colleagues. It’s too early to switch career paths.
Maybe the company culture is toxic. If you are dissatisfi ed with the way people are treated or if everyone is always on edge for fear of losing their jobs and thus are compromising on their work-life balance, then look for employers where job satisfaction is high, and attrition is low.
Are you in the wrong industry? Say you are a techie in the IT services industry where both your company and boss are ok but you don’t enjoy the projects you do. Consider an adjacent industry like an IT product company. Alternatively, explore a role in the technology department of a fi rm in another industry to get your mojo back.
Are you simply exhausted by the kind of work you do on account of your current skill set? If you are in customer service and you dislike that kind of work, it is time for you to leverage your communication skills, acquire some new ones and change your function. Have you thought learning about technology and moving to IT sales?
Are the outcomes troubling you? Say you are a salesperson who is happy with both sales and your current employer, but your compensation does not meet your aspirations or the pressure from clients and long hours is killing your life. Consider switching to an industry where sales cycles are relaxed, and high profi ts mean greater compensation.
(The writer is founder and CEO at Quezx.com and Headhonchos.com.)