This is a question we ask at times throughout our career.
Do I stay where I am or do I leave for a new opportunity?
It can be a hard question, depending on your situation. Maybe you are staying for the paycheck but you know you would be happier doing something else.
You may stay out of loyalty to a boss even though you know it is time for you to move on.
It could be fear. What you are doing is not ideal, but it’s familiar. Stepping out into the “unknown or uncharted waters” is not a part of your personality.
Or it could be something as simple as the job you are in is no longer a fit and you need to find a different position in the company or a new company.
Whatever the situation is that you are in, there is always a better solution if you are open to it.
Get started by asking yourself these questions when you are making this decision:
- Is it the position? Or the company?
If it’s the position…
- Is there another department that’s a better fit?
- What do I enjoy? What do I want less of?
- What am I tolerating in the position, that I would like to change?
- Is there a way to re-create my role?
If it’s the company…
- Is it time to look for another one that aligns with your values? Perhaps the same industry? A new industry?
- What do I want more of? Less of? Use that to filter opportunities that cross your path.
- What would my life look like if I was doing what I dream of doing?
This is a great exercise. Create a vision. Then develop a plan to get there.
Make time to pray about your best next step. Schedule a retreat day with yourself. Depending on your personality it may be praying for courage to ask for what you need (different role, more money, more responsibilities, more training, etc.). Sit with these questions and reflect. Write out your answers and really take stock of what you are looking at.
Once you know the plan, (in general), you can begin to take the steps you need to take. Write that letter to your boss, schedule a meeting, sign up for classes, update that resume, start networking (internally or externally), etc. Whatever takes you another step forward toward being happy with your career. If I can help in any way, please reach out. I would love to talk through your thoughts and dreams and help you get on the correct path to your new season!