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CHANGING CAREERS / JUN. 22, 2015
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4 Factors to Consider Before Moving to ‘Greener Pastures’

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When it comes to employment, the grass always seems greener on the other side. People tend to imagine that their lives would improve if only they had a better job, a better boss, more money, and less stress. However, this is not always the case. Many people only realize too late that the grass was not as green as it seemed. It is therefore very important to think twice before jumping ship.

Here are some things you need to consider before moving to ‘greener pastures’:

See also: Factors to Consider Before Taking a New Job

1. Examine yourself

You need to carefully consider your reasons for wanting to get that new job. If you have poor money management habits, you will just end up sinking deeper in debt even if you earn more money. If you want to change jobs to get away from a seemingly unreasonable boss, take time to examine yourself. Could you be the problem? Maybe you are always getting to work late, spending too much time on personal phone calls, or falling behind on deadlines. If this is your approach to work, then you are likely to experience similar problems with your future boss.

2. Last hired, first fired

Many companies hire new staff members when they are experiencing growth in their business. However, this is not always the reason for new hires. At times, when employees realize that a company is performing poorly, they slowly begin leaving. Such companies are then likely to hire new staff to fill those positions. As a result, you might find yourself working for a company which might not survive for long due it financial struggles. At some point, the company might need to lay off some workers to stay afloat. If you are one of the newest employees, there is a possibility that you will be among the first to be fired.

3. Last person on the totem pole

When you are a new employee, you are likely to be the person at the bottom of the totem pole. Depending on the kind of job you get, this could imply that you are the one that has to work on weekends and on all major holidays. Therefore, if you are someone who is used to spending time with your family during holidays, you might find yourself greatly inconvenienced. You are also likely to be disadvantaged when it comes to vacation days. In some companies, new employees don’t get vacation days in their first year. If you do, you might have to wait until everyone has chosen their vacation dates before scheduling yours.

4. Salary/income considerations

The desire for a higher income is a common motivation for changing jobs. However, before leaving your current job, there are some things you need to consider. Are there other vacancies in your organization you could apply for and earn more? Have you asked you current boss for a raise? Would it be better to improve your skills so as to enhance your chances of earning a better salary? You should also consider other factors such as transport costs and insurance coverage. If these costs will be higher in the new job, then it might not be worth it.

See also: Considering a Midlife Career Change? 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Before leaving your current job, take time to weigh the pros and the cons. This way, you will avoid the mistake of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

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