It is not often that one quits a good job and takes up another one.
– You are at a company for a long time and you aren’t feeling the challenge. This should be a common reason if you are the type not to just sit down and be unchallenged. You could do what you used to do in a while now in a much shorter time. While others would take hours of investigation to come to a conclusion, you could just go with your gut feel and be right in a matter of minutes. But, then, what do you do the rest of the time? If you aren’t the type to take it easy all the time, then read on.
– You seek newer and more challenging responsibilities but you don’t find them at your current work. Being part of a large organization one might think there are a lot of opportunities, but that is not the norm. There will be many opportunities but not the one where you can just jump in. What I mean is there will be obstacles for you to get into that job. You ‘superiors’ might think you aren’t up to it and might not give the go-ahead for you. This is when you look out and to your surprise will find quite many opportunities that are willing to give you more responsibilities and visibility. That is the irony. What one man thinks is not what many think – that’s the bottom line.
– You are bypassed for higher responsibilities and you see them handed off to someone else. All said and done, not 100% of the people you work with will have a favorable attitude towards you and that’s the road block you have to circumvent and you can do that by looking out certainly or approaching a different part of the organization if you are lucky to find opps there.
– With your current job you have become an expert at implementing your company’s product. With the new job, say, you will be managing implementations of not just this one product but similar products from different vendors as well. That’s the leap you want. Just some job or a similar job might not suffice many-a-time. Of course there will be unknowns, but when you take on a new job, when is it that there aren’t unknowns? That’s the challenge always.
– At some point in life you aren’t motivated by money alone. This has become my case of late and this fits well into Maslow’s hierarchy of needs perfectly. If you don’t know this psychological concept, a man first seeks food, water, etc which are his physiological needs. His next level of need is safety – shelter against the elements and protection from other hazards. Now that he is healthy and safe, he seeks to fulfill his social needs of interaction. Then comes his Esteem needs of recognition, respect of others, respect by others, etc. His last level of need is the highest where he seeks out creativity, spontaneity, etc. After many job changes, you might get to a point where your next job is primarily the last need of Self-Actualization – not that the other needs are totally 100% met, but these needs aren’t a clear-cut progression from one to the next.
It feels unnerving to think that I am going into a new job after about 24 years in the workforce, but I better do this now than later or when I am pushed to do because of someone else’s decision.
There will be other reasons why you might want to look at a new job including money, a better company/organization, more of a job that you might want to do than what you are currently doing, etc. Jot down what are the pros and cons of the new job against your current one. This might feel like a no-brainer, but jotting it down you will be surprised how many more reasons you can come up with than just thinking on the feet. Moreover, you can always go back to the reasons w/o any second guessing at a later point in time. Simple things are simply very helpful and we forget that often