Each morning, you wake up and immediately regret it. You take a shower, get dressed, try not to curse the brightness of the morning, and you go to work. Each day, you feel like you’re just one incident away from packing up your bags and moving to the Maldives. But let’s face it — you might already have a good enough reason for a job change.
If this sounds like you, know that I feel for you. I was in the same place as you are now, and it took a lot of guts, and admittedly, a lot of anger to finally quit my job. I was wasting away my life somewhere where there was never enough respect, challenges, or happiness.
To this day, it is the best decision I have ever made.
Still, anger is not the only reason for a job change. In fact, there are plenty of them, most of which are not even connected to how you feel, but to what you expect from life in general. Let’s see what they are.
Top 5 Reasons for a Job Change
#1. The hostility has taken over your life
A few years ago, I thought I had the best job ever. Every day, I’d come to work relaxed, and I never felt like I was under any kind of pressure. That is, until my boss changed.
It’s a huge understatement to say things were not as they used to be. The new boss had a particular dislike for me, and I, because I am the way I am, tried so hard for her to like me. It turned out I couldn’t do anything right. It was sort of like a Devil Wears Prada situation — the only difference was my Meryl wasn’t acting tough.
She was determined to show everyone how things should be done, no matter if it was appropriate or not. Over time, the hostility became unbearable.
From this distance, I can say that I still don’t know why I stayed for so long. However, that doesn’t really matter now. What matters is that a huge, bad change in office dynamics is a good enough reason for a job change.
Let’s face it — we spend most of our days working hard to pay the bills, feed our kids, and allow ourselves a few luxuries. But, when the job becomes a nuisance, something that harms our self-esteem and health each day — is it time to leave and look for something else?
Of course! Money can buy a lot of things, but it cannot buy us a stress-free life. Luckily, we are in charge, and we can always LEAVE.
#2. Greener pastures are calling you
On the other hand, perhaps you already have a reason for a job change but are scared to take the leap of faith.
Sometimes, a good employee finally gets what they deserve in the form of a new promotion or a salary raise. However, it might not come from the company they’re already working for — so they might need to quit and work someplace else.
Does that mean this employee is a bad one? Not at all!
Bosses and upper management can talk all they want, but in the end, a job is not something that should define us. Sure, I always want to be great at what I do — but I also want to be valued and get appropriately paid for it. Compliments serve my self-esteem, but they don’t pay the bills or feed me!
Therefore, if you get an amazing opportunity at another company with a nicer job, a huge pay raise, and more challenges, don’t think for a second you should refuse because you might anger someone.
There are no personal feelings when it comes to business, as no matter how much we want to be friendly with our bosses — we’re still a commodity to them. Besides, most of them would understand and would probably do the same thing. They know, “Every man for himself” is quite literal if you really think about it!
#3. Total burnout
Remember that time when all we could do if we were unhappy with our jobs was to push through it? Today, things have changed quite a bit. Given that the jobs we do today are not the same ones we did thirty years ago, we now have burnout to look out for.
A classic burnout consists of several things that can stop you from doing your job well. From lack of focus and extreme fatigue to anxiety and feelings of incompetence and inadequacy, a burnout basically grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until you change something.
That’s why it’s a major reason for a job change — chances are, staying in the same place won’t help you put back all the broken pieces of yourself together.
When something inside you breaks at work, for whatever reason it may be, the burnout heightens all your senses and makes you even more vulnerable. You feel bad simply because you’re breathing instead of working. What’s more, whatever you do — it is never good enough as you cannot focus or think straight.
If you’re going through a burnout, don’t take it lightly. Although it’s not a full-on mental illness, it is a mental health issue you have to take care of. And, if you’re anything like me, know that staying in the same dead-end job where no one respects you won’t do much. It just might prolong the agony.
#4. You need MORE from life — which is totally fine
I spent the majority of my life chasing after things, including a career. I figured this was where my value was — at some office, where I would get a huge salary and get to work from 9 to 5. Then, I could head home and do something fun.
Each day — rinse and repeat.
Unfortunately, this is what most of our parents did, and if you’ve ever seen them unhappy after work, know that there’s a good reason for it. They put a lot of pressure on themselves as well, always thinking a job was all they had. However, it doesn’t have to be like that.
If you feel like you need more from life, then know that’s a good reason for a job change. No law says you have to stick with what you know.
Sometimes, it’s good to branch out, live a little, and figure out things along the way. In any case, in the 21st century, anything can be a career, or you don’t even need to have one.
You want to be a freelancer and always set your own schedule? Do it. Are you sick of working and would like to focus on starting a family? Again, do it.
As millennials would say — you do you. No one else will live your life for you, and no one else really knows how much your job is harming you.
It doesn’t have to be a bad job or a bad boss or a bad salary. Even if it just makes every single day lackluster and as if you’re just going through the motions — that’s a reason for a job change.
#5. Both you and your job have changed, so now it’s time to break up
Finally, the last major reason for a job change I’d like to emphasize here is — change.
Now, don’t get me wrong. In most cases, changes are fantastic. Companies have to change often to stay in tune with their target audiences. Likewise, employees have to adapt to those changes so that they may nurture a great office environment.
However — and I do have to make this quite clear — those changes might not work for you.
It doesn’t matter if your boss is fantastic and all your coworkers are amazing. It doesn’t even matter if the pay is great. What matters is how those changes will reflect on your life — will they work for you or against you?
Sometimes, the management changes, so you suddenly have to conform to someone else’s idea of what a good office environment is. Other times, companies change their whole policies. They change their ideas, rebrand and basically look nothing like they used to.
That may be good or bad, depending on the situation. But the only person you should care about at that point is you. If it’s not something you feel comfortable with or a job you see yourself doing in two-three years — why even stay?
In the end, it doesn’t have to be a bad break-up. It’s just like when two people decide to consciously uncouple.
You have outgrown the company you work at, and the company doesn’t have anything else to offer you. So, just part as old friends and find happiness someplace else — trust me, it’s possible!
A reason for a job change doesn’t have to be anything too obvious.
Perhaps you feel as if you’re stuck in a rut and know nothing will change in the near future. You might be going through hell at work because the hostility is through the roof. Sometimes, it might be nothing but a desire for professional or personal growth!
Whatever it is, know that there is plenty of fish in the sea, with fish being jobs here. You can always find another job in the same field, or you can branch out, learn new skills, and make a drastic career change.
Life doesn’t have to be planned out, nor do you have to stay in the same dead-end job out of fear. All you need is to believe in yourself and your skills — a job you’ll love with all your heart will surely follow.