Given the ongoing pandemic and economic uncertainty, it can seem hard to imagine leaving your current job for a new opportunity. However, even in the midst of this current crisis, it’s possible to discover a more secure, more satisfying, higher paying position that will be better for your personal and professional growth.
If that sounds promising, below are some of the most common reasons you should consider change jobs in the New Year, even if it seems like a difficult choice to make under the circumstances.
1. Post-pandemic lack of stability
Many occupations are still in demand, but when you think ahead, where do you see your company heading? Do you see any layoffs on the horizon? Do you foresee your company slowly losing clients and business? No matter how much you love your current position (and your manager), the lack of future stability should be cause for concern, making it a good time to think about alternatives and plan for a more stable future post-pandemic.
2. A toxic work environment
High-stress jobs often lead to toxic company cultures where people don’t behave with the appropriate amount of respect and collaboration. Even if your current paycheck is great and you see yourself evolving at your company, if you spend your days dreading Mondays and avoiding your colleagues, you should consider looking for an employer that fosters collaboration, transparency, and healthy work relationships at the office—even if that office is at home.
3. The need for meaning and purpose
In today’s day and age, people no longer pursue professions that are only lucrative—they also want to build careers based on purpose and grander goals. For example, contributing to the wellbeing of society is one of the main reasons so many people start working in health care. If you strive to have such a higher purpose in your life, then expanding your skills to master life support and emergency care might give you the meaning you want. Today, many people are getting advanced medical certifications online to make themselves available to the health care industry and alleviate the impact of the pandemic, not to mention set themselves up for meaningful careers when Covid is a thing of the past.
4. Lack of advancement opportunities
As wonderful as your current job might be, you might feel as though you don’t have a chance to learn new skills and grow. If that’s the case, start looking for opportunities that offer room to advance and expand your skill set. As you job search, it’s also a good idea, if you can spare the time, to add to your education. It can pay handsomely to obtain degrees with great potential in the post-pandemic world. Degrees like these will give you a chance to grow—both personally and professionally.
5. The need for more financial security
Feeling like you’re barely making ends meet doesn’t help give you the peace of mind you crave. People working in low-paying jobs often feel too insecure to abandon their jobs because they fear they’ll just end up without any financial stability whatsoever. Living with such high levels of money-related stress is far from healthy, so maybe it’s time to look into jobs that come with greater financial security and that you can work towards over time. Note that you don’t have to switch careers overnight; it could be best to receive the right qualifications, re-educate yourself, and then apply.
6. Wanting a better work/life balance
Once upon a time, your salary would have been the main factor in choosing a certain job or specific company. Today, though, people are turning to a different mindset, one focused on the quality of life as well as professional stability. This means that the kind of perks you receive at your current job might not be as impressive as they once seemed. It can also mean your current employer doesn’t focus on employee well-being or mental health. If this is the case, look for organizations that offer wellness-specific benefits, are more compassionate, and care about treating their employees well—not just paying them well.
Claire is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. She enjoys life to the fullest in the healthiest way possible and loves to share her insights into business, education, and entrepreneurship. Feel free to reach her on Facebook and Twitter, or to read some of her articles on Ripped Me.