4 Signs You Need to Move On in Your Career

So you’ve come to the realization you’re unhappy with your career path. You can’t remember the last time you looked forward to a Monday morning. You’re no longer are proud of your response to the question, “What do you do?”

At first, maintaining a steady salary and avoiding a gap in your employment history was more important, so you tried to put your head down and make things work.

The problem is it’s exhausting—physically, mentally and emotionally—trying to tolerate your job when you know deep down you’re unhappy.

In 2013, I was 10 years into the world of marketing in the corporate world. I was on a huge global team, managing advertising campaigns being rolled out across the world. By this point, I’d marketed everything from trash bags to drain opener to luxury desserts.

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Each day I spent marketing products to consumers left me feeling emptier.

Still, when you have a good job, it’s hard to walk away for a whole host of reasons: money, status, credibility, reputation, social validation, stability, investment, corporate incentives, or even just plain old inertia. Every single one of these factors has kept me firmly planted in jobs, even when I was feeling unsatisfied.

So how can you tell when enough is enough?

In every instance when I chose to leave a job, there was NOT an epiphany where the clouds parted to reveal that it was time to move on. Even when I was struggling, I was torn about what would be “right” for my career and life.

However, there are four common signs that suggest it may be time to make a leap—the same signs I’ve heard from talking with hundreds of people ready to make a career change.

1) You’re Absolutely Drained

One of the factors that led me to pull the plug on an unfulfilling career path is exhaustion.  For most of my life, I’ve worked in office settings—not exactly physically demanding. Still, in the months leading up to resignations, I always felt utterly drained.

Work that isn’t fulfilling can really sap your energy. When I wasn’t happy with my job, my weekends were spent recuperating. I vividly recall struggling to keep my eyes open in meetings, and I had no energy left to take care of myself, let alone spend time with people I loved. This just isn’t sustainable in the long run.

2) You’re No Longer Serving Your Interests

As your career evolves, so do your interests. When I landed my first corporate marketing job, I focused on learning everything I could, and developing a strong set of transferrable, professional skills. The corporate world served me well in this context.

Over time though, my interests shifted. I got married, so family life became more important. My father also passed away, so caring for my own health became more salient. I also began craving work I found truly meaningful. My interests in a strong work-life balance were no longer being served by the corporate world.

3) Balancing It All Isn’t Realistic Anymore

The realization your job no longer fulfills you can mimic emotions you go through when dealing with loss. One of those stages is “bargaining”—highlighted by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book On Death & Dying.I refer to this as the Mitigation Stage in my 7 Stages of Career Change Roadmap. It’s when you try to find ways to make your situation more tolerable. For me, this meant taking up a side project. In 2012, I enrolled in a professional coaching program while holding down my full-time job.

I began coaching people through career changes on evenings and weekends. It started as pro bono work, but I quickly began enrolling paid clients. I loved it.

The problem was, my full-time job was still my priority. I was regularly working 60 hours a week. I was starting to turn away coaching clients because I just didn’t have the energy, time, or mental capacity to do it all. At some point, I realized everything was only getting a fraction of my attention, resulting in a fraction of the results. I knew something eventually had to give, and I didn’t want it to be my growing coaching business.

4) The Timing Is Right Enough

The reality is, only you can know what timing makes sense for your situation. Maybe you need to finish a project so you can leave on good terms, or wait for your year-end bonus. Maybe you’re just not ready. People will try to push you to make a decision—if you have good reasons for staying, stay.

Still, no time will ever feel 100% ideal. It’s generally easier to convince yourself to maintain the status quo than to plunge into the unknown. At some point, when the conditions feel right, you just have to make your leap to the positive changes you desire, something I spoke about in my TEDx Talk. When you feel ready enough to go, when you’ve tied off as many loose ends as you can, just go.

Trust Yourself

No one likes to say, “I quit,” but sometimes, you have to let go of one part of your career to make room for something greater.

These four sentiments helped me clarify when my situation had become intolerable. However, only you can know when the timing is right to make a move. Leaving your job behind is a huge and deeply personal decision. No one else can make it for you.

Trust yourself and remember that everyone has limits. When you reach yours, you owe it to yourself to move on.

Where Will You Draw the Line?

To iron out how where you’ll draw the line in your own career, you can download my “Work-Life Scorecard”to help you understand the impact your work is having on your life. You can also define the steps you’ll take if your situation crosses over from bad to intolerable.

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Easy ways to reduce stress at work

What’s the best way to handle stress at work? Try these tips and techniques from career specialists Position Ignition to help keep your cool.

  1. Picture a relaxing place

Imagine sitting on the beach with no cares in the world.  Approaching a situation with a clear mind and calm manner can make things seem less difficult.

  1. Have a laugh

Studies have shown that laughter can help to reduce stress (and even make you healthier). Find a funny person to talk to or read a funny book, watch a funny movie or YouTube clip. Do something that will make you laugh and take your mind off any stress.

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  1. Take your time

Stressful situations can cause people to react in the heat of the moment, which is not always for the best. If you’re feeling cross or angry, try and cool down before firing off a hasty email or taking any action which you’ll later regret. Thinking things through usually results in a better outcome all round.

  1. Draw on your past experiences

Try and recall past events that have similarities with your current issue. This will give you insight on what to do and also help you realise that you are capable of getting through this situation too.

  1. Don’t be the hero

When you need to figure out a problem, don’t try to do it alone. Seek out help from colleagues and friends or talk to your manager.  Don’t take the burden on yourself – get advice, help and support to find a solution.

Source From: http://icould.com/article/easy-ways-to-reduce-stress-at-work/

Why Online Certifications Are Key To Professional Success

We’re used to living in a world where having a college or university degree has always been the minimum requirement to be considered for a job. No matter how skilled you are, it’s hard to get noticed and have employers value your skills if you lack a degree.

But times are changing. Today, the average high school graduate has the option to look beyond a run-of-the-mill degree. Alternative means of education -like online certification courses- are proving to be as effective in the long run.

What has contributed to this change in perception?

Simply put, online certifications deliver incredible returns for the investment, both in terms of time and resources. While a college or university degree takes three to five years to finish, online certification programs run for no longer than a few weeks or a couple of months, depending on the field of study. Increased employer recognition and the tangible benefits that follow from having a certification to your name have made this a popular choice for professionals around the world.

According to Upwork, 54 million people did freelance work in 2015, with the number as high as 75 million in 2016. That’s 24% of the population of the United States! The pull of a freer lifestyle and flexible working hours have been the main reasons an increasing number of professionals are opting for freelance careers.

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And freelance professionals are among the biggest customers for online learning service providers.

I’m exploring my professional education options. Which do I choose: university, online certification, or a blend of both?

Attending university while pursuing an online certification course to add industry-relevant skills brings together the best of both worlds, naturally. But let’s be honest – none of us have the time nor the inclination to commit to both. If you’re passionate about a specific field and want to start working as soon as possible, choosing an online course or certification program is the way to go.

Here are a few reasons I prefer online certification training to university degrees.

Demands less of your valuable time

As I mentioned before, getting an online certification takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. It depends on your chosen field and effort you put in. Also, it allows you to balance work, social life, and your family with professional education. At university, studies will take years to finish and will severely constrain your time.

Cost-effective learning

According to the Top Universities survey, fees for 2014/15 at state colleges were an average of $9,139 for state residents and $22,958 for everyone else. In comparison, with online courses, you can get your professional certificate for less than $1000.

Flexibility – learn anytime, anywhere

One of the biggest benefits of online courses is that you can study from anywhere. Whether you’re at home, on the commute, or are on vacation, e-learning affords you the flexibility to learn anywhere, and on any device. You don’t have to get up early in the morning, go to class, & study for a university-stipulated period of time daily.

Widely accepted & recognized

Five years ago, few would have attached any credibility to an online certification. Today, online certifications like the PMP, CBAP, Lean Six Sigma, etc, carry more value and credibility than a university degree, even.

One reason for this development is that large MNCs like YouTube & Facebook are entering into agreements with certification providers. Companies are struggling with a skills-gap crisis, with a dearth of suitably skilled professionals who have received industry-oriented training.

Conventional education -university programs, college degrees, vocational training- aren’t designed to cope with the changing needs of industry, while online certifications are devised specifically with this end objective in mind.

Last year, LinkedIn bought video site Lynda.com for $1.5-billion, giving further impetus to the theory that tech and education are working together.

Too many certification options to choose from – which do I pick?

Find an industry that is in its growth phase and has potential. A field like digital marketing, quickly becoming the biggest area of spending for companies in every industry, is a great place to start.

According to a recent study on Yahoo Finance, digital marketing is number 6 on the list of top 10 careers for non-degree holders around the world. The study uses “the average salary of the top 8% of earners in each of these fields without an advanced degree” as the criterion for listing.

The salary for skilled, certified digital marketers has no upper bound. While the average begins at $73,000, certified, knowledgeable marketers can expect to earn as much as $210,000. But these are only average figures. The best marketers in the industry can earn much more.

But again, digital marketing is not for everyone. Identify a field of study you are comfortable with and one that best aligns with your long-term goals. Then look for courses and online training programs to get yourself ready for the industry.

Online education – the game changer

The primary criterion for employers is to have a professional on their team. It matters little whether you learned your craft sitting four years in a classroom or spent three months learning with online courses. Industry standards, norms, and best practices are in a constant state of flux. Conventional pedagogy is always playing catch-up.

By contrast, e-learning providers like Treehouse, Simplilearn, Codecademy and others help you improve & learn new skills quickly. In a few weeks, you will be able to get a new certification and launch your dream career.

Online training for enterprises

Online training programs are also proving hugely beneficial for enterprises. The availability of multi-modal delivery options, the elimination of logistical considerations, and ease of access translate to significant savings in employee training & L&D overheads. In addition, with most e-learning providers boasting of diverse catalogs, companies are able to further cut costs by opting for a single training provider for all business functions.

In conclusion

With online certifications promising much better returns & guaranteed jobs, professionals are moving away from conventional university degrees. If it’s faster career growth, higher salaries, and significantly better long-term prospects that you’re after, online training & professional certifications are your best bet. Why not take the time to explore the web to find something that suits your needs today

 

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