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Signs that you're ready for career growth

Career Tips
Career growth can be tough but this is what makes life more interesting (Photo: iStock)

When you finally get that confirmation letter that your application went through, you feel elated. But after the first few exciting months and years pass, you start to get that deep feeling that this isn’t where you need to be.

These situations happen to many people and they can be hard to accept. For a while, you will be in that space where you’re wondering if it’s time to make a big change or whether you should just play it safe.

Career growth can be tough but this is what makes life more interesting.

In case you can’t shake off that idea of moving onto something more challenging, better paying and with more responsibilities, here are some signs that may help you decide whether or not you’re ready:

·         You’re always bored

Having the same routine every day is enough for people who don’t like to move out of their comfort zone. You have already mastered what you need to do so there is a tendency to fade into the background as you do the bare minimum.

This is a problem because you’re getting your job done but it’s so boring. If you’re not keen, you will stay in the same place for years while everyone else is moving on. Therefore, it might be time for a change if you just don’t have the same energy to work no matter how hard you try.

If you have  a plan that seems to be working your way, it is time (Photo: iStock)

·         You need to progress financially

Longing for career growth isn’t just about looking for something new. Part of the reason why you might be feeling the way you do is that you need to make more money.

You don’t have to have this super-spiritual aha moment that will motivate you. It’s okay to say you need to because the money you’re making right now simply isn’t enough.

·         Your job isn’t part of the big picture anymore

We all have our own dreams and goals when it comes to our careers and personal lives in general. And there are those moments where we need to reflect and find out whether where we currently fit into where we are going.

If you’ve reached that point where you need to realign yourself by making a career change, then it might be the right time for you.

Be careful not to quit your job because of emotions or unworthy colleagues (Photo: iStock)

·         You’re sure it’s not an emotional decision

This is something key that you need to check before you make a big decision like changing jobs. It’s possible to get caught up in what others are doing without gauging if this is actually the right move for you.

Instead of rushing, take a moment to reflect. Let the emotions cool off first so you can have proper clarity. If you’re very certain that you’re not making an impulsive decision because you’re friends or colleagues are, you’re good to go.

·         You have a realistic plan

The signs might signal that it’s time for a change but if you don’t have a plan in place, you’re not truly ready.

You should have already been working on building your skills and reflecting on the plans and goals you have in order to move forward confidently.

When you have a clear blueprint set, take the plunge.

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