The average person gets itchy feet after around 2 years in a job and typically leaves after around 3-5 years.
However, the decision to leave your job is not one that should be taken lightly. Having a lot of past jobs that you didn’t stick around at does not look great on your CV. This says to a potential employer ‘I’m likely to be gone again in a few years’.
Therefore, before you leave it’s worthwhile considering whether your reasons for wanting a new job are serious or if they could potentially be overcome, even just temporarily.
So what are your reasons?
1.You Want a Salary Increase
The money is a large part of why we go to work each day and it is often a driving force for wanting to leave. It could be that you don’t feel you are paid enough for what you do, or maybe another similar position offers a more attractive pay packet.
Money shouldn’t be disregarded as unimportant, but when planning your long-term career goals you may have to wait a little longer for that huge raise. Consider what salary you want to be earning in five years and what role you want to be in? Would staying in your current role right now allow you to develop your skills and experience to get you closer to that five year goal?
2.The Job Isn’t Enjoyable Anymore
Yes, there is an argument for getting enjoyment out of the work you do. We are, after all, at work on average of 40 hours per week. That’s a lot of unhappy hours.
However, leaving that job isn’t always the first option. In many cases, if you aren’t feeling fulfilled you should take your concerns to your current boss first. There may be new challenges that can be offered to help you get more out of the position.
3.You Hate Your Manager
If you don’t get along with your boss, it can make life feel very unpleasant at work. Sometimes, personalities do clash and it can be difficult to work with this.
However, taking the time to get to know your manager and understand their traits can help in dealing with them (you don’t have to become best friends). If they are abrupt or sometimes come across as rude, this could be down to the pressure they are under and shouldn’t be taken personally.
4.You Don’t Feel There Is Any Opportunity For Professional Development
Professional development is something that will take time, so first you need to be sure you aren’t being impatient. You can expect to spend the first 12 to 18 months of a position learning the ropes in depth. Only after this time will professional challenges and new opportunities be on the horizon. That is why staying in a role for a few years at least after this initial learning period is advised.
If you are past the learning period and still feel you lack professional development, it could be worth a chat with your manager to see what they can offer you by way of new challenges.
If any of the above points ring true with you, take some time to consider what changes you can make within your current role and who might be able to offer some help to make you feel happier at present in your job. That way, when the time comes to move on, you will have plenty of experience and professional development under your belt to take to your next venture.