Much like a major life change, a change in your career objectives or desires may make it necessary for you to change to a new job. Maybe you completed a college degree that opens new doors for you, or you might be at a point in life where you simply want to pursue a different occupation. This kind of transition often comes after a long period of thought, discussion at home and training outside of work. You may have been planning this for years.
If you're currently in a healthy job situation, this kind of transition could be an easy one to make. It's likely that you've built close relationships with your co-workers, and they know that your career ambitions go beyond what you can reach in your current job. Your supervisor may have worked with you to set a schedule that let you go back to school, and your co-workers may be very supportive of your hard work to move your work life in a new direction.
The key to making this kind of transition a success is communication. If you're pursuing a new degree, don't keep it a secret. Get co-workers and your employer used to the idea that you may be moving your career in a new direction, and you could be surprised by how supportive they are when you finally make that leap into the next chapter of your working life.
For more career-related articles, check out the links below.
- Federal Communications Commission. "Understanding Workplace Harassment." (July 25, 2011) http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/understanding-workplace-harassment-fcc-staff
- National Executive Resources Inc. "The Strategic Case for Changing Jobs: Four Good Reasons to Change Jobs Within the Same Industry Three Times During Your First Ten Years of Employment." June 2006. (July 13, 2011) http://www.nerisearch.com/neri-newsletter-career-development-june-6-changing-jobs.html
- Shigley, Debra. "8 Good Reasons To Quit Your Job." Psychology Today. Jan. 22, 2010. (July 13, 2011) http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/second-act/201001/8-good-reasons-quit-your-job
- Sundheim, Ken. "When It's Time To Resign And Move On." Employment Digest. April 18, 2011. (July 13, 2011) http://employmentdigest.net/2011/04/when-its-time-to-resign-and-move-on/
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