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If you dread going to work and procrastinate when you eventually get there, you should think about looking for a new job. Do not be afraid to make the move because the age old philosophy of retiring from the organisation you joined is just that… age old.

Keep in mind that while change and growth are healthy for career progression, being a rolling stone is career suicide. It is very important to periodically assess your personal career growth; be proactive to address issues but remember to weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

Here are some signs that indicate that it is time for change in your career:

  • Adverse effects on health. If you are experiencing health issues (such as physical exertion, mental stress, lack of sleep etc) due to your work, it may be time for a change because your health is your most important asset.
  • Career plateau. Your job should provide you opportunities to acquire knowledge and growth along with personal and professional development. If you do not feel challenged and have hit a professional plateau then you should think about exploring new horizons.
  • Opportunities. If you come across a better opportunity, one that offers financial and/or intellectual growth it does not hurt to give it a try because sometimes the grass may actually be green on the other side; but you will never know until you walk over.
  • Conflicting values. If your values conflict with those of the organisation’s, in all probability you are not deriving much other than a pay cheque. Therefore, for the sake of your personal satisfaction it is prudent to look for an organisation where you feel more comfortable.
  • Your boss. The majority of employees state that their boss is the reason they want to leave their job. If you have nightmares about your boss and she/he is the reason you dread going to work despite several attempts to improve the situation, then perhaps it is time to look for a new one.

– Sahr Nadeem Tariq
The writer is a project coordinator at a multinational
company. sahrnadeem@gmail.com

First published in the Careers Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 14, 2013.

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