It had nothing to do with the team or my manager, I loved them all. I just knew I wanted to try new things and try a different career path that I was always interested in. I wasn't happy with the work I was doing on a daily basis and I knew I needed to make a change. I knew I wanted a career change and it was the best thing I could have done. I couldn't be happier with my current career path.
I've been working in my field for 20 years, and I've found that - the more I progress in my career - the more I need to be mindful about the decisions I make on where I invest my time. Every job has good and bad things about it. Often and for seasons, the bad outweighs the good. That's just the nature of life and working with people, but the more work you do in your chosen field, the more clarity you can find around where you can make your best contribution. When I was first out of college, just getting a lot of varied experience was important. As a get older, knowing where I can best serve (as well as where I need to still learn and grow) is more and more important to me.
I moved on from my last job because it wasn't a best fit, and I've remained at my current job because I believe in what we're doing and that my contribution will be valuable and impactful.
I hope that's useful to you.
Joel recommends the following next steps:
I was actually laid off from my previous position. In hindsight, there were many red flags which led up to the situation and I should have started looking for a new role sooner. In order to help someone who may be in a similar position, here are some warning signs to look out for:
- Is my company making money? Interview others in customer-facing functions to see how much of a struggle they are having.
- Does management seem on-edge?
- What are the current recruiting trends? Are more people going than coming?
- How is morale?
Really hoping this helps anyone working at a struggling company to make the right decision.
I had to leave a company that I loved in the past due to a toxic manager. One of my previous managers was a former tennis coach and he brought that mentality with him as a one-size-fits-all managerial type. Not everyone meshes well with that type of boss. Always look out for red flags in the company you work for and if you see them, then it is a good time to start looking elsewhere as it is easier to find a job while you have one. Good luck! :)
I left my last job because I strongly disliked working in law and found my boss's style of management to be...abrasive, to say the least. I ended up going back to school and have since switched industries. I'm doing much better nowadays!
When it comes to changing jobs make sure you research the company and the role. Be curious and ask lots of questions, and its best not to just take a role because you hate the last one, you might find you dont like the next one if you havent done your research.
I left my last job because I decided to make a career change. I had been working in sales and recruiting and wanted to find a position in human resources (HR) as an HR Representative or HR Generalist. To help make the transition, I got my Professional in Human Resources certification (I took a prep class online, studied, and took the test). Having the certification showed potential employers that I was serious about the career change and helped my resume stand out when interviewing. I eventually landed a position in HR and after signing my offer letter, I put in two weeks notice with my current company.
If you are ever considering a career change, I recommend researching whether there are certifications you can obtain or classes that you can take. This will not only boost your knowledge, but it will look great on your resume as well. Best wishes!