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When it’s Time for a New Career

6 months ago by Andrea Amato

How to leave your current role with grace and sever ties with a job that no longer suits you.

The recent Covid-19 pandemic has reimagined novel meaning in our career prospects. With many working from home, our organised office routines rapidly adapted to suit a remote way of life and is now changing again as we ease into a hybrid model of work. For some, workplace priorities have shifted toward inclusive and flexible practices, for others the want to work remotely in a country a plane ride away from the organisation’s HQ. Whatever the reason, this article will guide readers into learning whether it’s time to begin looking for the next career.

Initial warning signs 

Choosing the right job for you depends on a number of factors, and when we receive that job offer, a whirlwind of excitement floods our minds. Unfortunately, when entering that new position, you are given an immeasurable task load that might not necessarily represent your job description. You stick it out for a while, largely because you know job hopping (often described as someone who leaves their job in less than a year of employment) is frowned upon. What are your options?

For starters, one direct sign that it is worth considering leaving your current job is when it riddles you with anxiety. This can be because of your task load or even due to prominent workplace bullying. The anxiety only grows on top of your fear in leaving employment so soon, feeling like you’ve given up early or couldn’t manage the job altogether. Although these concerns are truly valid, they are not necessarily correct in thinking. A strong character is one who knows when the right opportunity presents itself, and when it feels right to leave a job position that is no longer working out as intended.

Further, it is worth spending some time pondering about what is convincing you to leave your present job. Has your employer been unfair to you during the pandemic? Do you not like your colleagues, or the organisational culture generally? Do you work an unruly number of hours? In honestly assessing the situation, you can pin-point whether the problem stems from the workplace or could even be a matter of personal circumstances. Before deciding on the end of your career in your current position, determine whether it is something that is solvable first.

Determine whether a sticky situation is temporary

In any career, there will be circumstances that are challenging, and new tasks come your way that tests your skill sets. If you are feeling uncomfortable in your current job role, in line with assessing the origins of discomfort, determine whether your current circumstances are temporary. Perhaps you are working on a project that you don’t particularly enjoy, but in any case, can become a positive learning opportunity by the end of it. The project could also have a timestamp and is worth sticking it out, rather than quit your job and lose the opportunity altogether.

That being said, you can be in a situation where the discomfort is long-term and upkeeping with demands feels no longer worth it. In reality, the projects you’re assigned to do doesn’t cater toward your professional development. Prior to the assignment, you might’ve already decided the personal set of factors that you will not take on in a job. Exploring your situation in depth will lead you into learning what draws the line for you in your career prospects generally.

Trying to see the positive

More often than not, an uncomfortable workplace situation can turn into one that is positive. Rather than totally accepting a hand that was given to you (or a work task, in this case) evaluate whether the situation can be adjusted to support your needs.

Consider what it would take to make you stay in your current role and exhaust your possible options. It could be that you’d prefer to report to another manager or seek a helpful mentor to disclose matters regularly. If it’s a matter of stagnation, inquire about career development opportunities you could actively partake in like a side-project. Spend time thinking about this, and feel free to write down your options to concretely observe your possibilities. Be honest with yourself in this process before going forward.

I’ve explored my options, and I still want to leave. What now?

If you’re set on quitting your in-office or remote job and still feel somewhat hesitant, there are a few more considerations. For starters, you may feel as though you’ll be disappointing others in your decision to leave. It could be that you found a job after a long time of unemployment and your family were elated, and you can’t envision having to break the news. Remember that no one else knows what feels right for you or what goes on in your day to day, and if this decision is the right one to make, believe that others will empathise with your perspective.

Thinking about the next steps 

It’s a risky move to quit your job without something else lined up to cover your cost of living. Quitting without a future prospect in mind is not a recommended practice, for obvious reasons. Draw up somewhat of a plan to support your career change, usually it’s worth exploring new jobs in Malta and remotely whilst still employed to avoid the financial burdens that come with unemployment. That being said, if your quality of life is seriously compromised as a result of your workplace, it’s okay to quit ahead of your plan. Everyone goes through different workplace circumstances, and you need to trust what feels right for you, no matter how difficult the decision can be.

Further, find your notice period (this is something you can typically look for on your employment contract) to be able to hand in your resignation notice with adequate time. It’s possible that your organisation is going through a busy period or that you worked a pivotal role in your department, and your employer requests you stay on a while longer than your notice. This is up to you; however, you are not obliged to accept this extension.

Preparing for your next career

Perhaps the most important part when considering applying to new jobs is re-visiting your CV. We often neglect these documents when we’re employed, leaving a lot to be done when it’s time to begin applying to new jobs. Ensure you update your CV with the latest employment responsibilities, education, and skill sets learned in your current or previous role. Remember that CVs amend according to every position you apply to, highlighting the duties most relevant to a particular job role.

Redesigning and adjusting your CV can be a daunting experience for many. At Castille, our consultants are more than happy to offer you valuable advice on how to care for your CV for jobs in Malta and abroad, including remote jobs. They will also provide practical recommendations and career advice. To get in touch, contact a consultant directly or register on our platform, and begin a career journey with us that lasts a lifetime.