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Changing Jobs: Determine the Right Time

Updated on August 22, 2017
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Joyette believes that in sharing, through her Life Lessons hubs, she can empower others and assist them in making more informed decisions.

Change Your Job, if it Will Make You Happier

The Only Person Who Knows When it is the Right to Change Your Job is You!

Some people spend a lifetime in the same job and it is completely their choice to do so. However, very often they become the brunt of comments such as:

- You have no ambition!

- Get a life!

- You have been sitting in the same place ever since I have known you!

These comments are, of course, insensitive and shallow. They are made by persons who have never known what it is to make decisions not based solely on self. If someone's personal circumstances are not known then how can it be right to judge him/her? Several factors such as convenience, domestic situation, benefits, disability or simply love for the job may influence a person’s decision as to whether it is best to remain in a given job or position even if it may seemingly be a dead end.

A Look at the Determining Factors

1. Convenience

You may be studying locally or doing an online program. Your job is close to home and the hours are flexible. You get the time that you need to do your assignments and may even be allowed to use the computer at work if you do not have one at home. At the end of the day the pay may not be great and your rank may not be esteemed, but the rewards in terms of convenience for your needs at this specific period in your life may far outweigh the financial and status benefits. Alternatively, you may be an outdoors type of person and you feel stifled within a structured work setting. Your job allows you to be on the move and to enjoy the type of freedom which is important to you.

2. Domestic Situation

The fact that your job is close to home and that you have flexible hours may be appropriate for your domestic situation. You may have young children or elderly parents who depend on you. Your job affords you the latitude you need to deal with these demands. Conversely, you may be the one needing the support of your parents to assist with your young children while you are out at work and so it is really important that you have a job which puts you close to them or which is on their route. Parents who are at home save you a lot on baby sitting and child after- school- supervision expenses.

3. Benefits

You love travelling and it has always been your dream to know the world. Your job provides opportunities for travel which you could not, on your own, have afforded so you are able to explore the world at no cost to your pocket. In addition, there are other perks which make your job attractive to you such as a good medical health package which covers your entire family, discounts on goods or services, employee motivation such as Christmas bonus and gifts.

4. Disability

A disability, while not rendering you totally unable to function, may severely restrict your capacity to carry out certain basic functions. For example, you may be unable to sit for long hours, to commute long distances, to function in air conditioned places, to tolerate certain odors or other environmental conditions. These are all factors which limit your job options and so when you find a job which meets your needs, you had better stick to it!

5. Familiarity

You are well known and well loved on the job. Everyone is like family and this lends a feeling of security. You know where to find everything and you have accumulated a fair amount of what appears to be necessary clutter which marks your space as yours. You can pick up your children after school and let them roam about in these familiar surroundings because it is familiar and feels safe.

6. Love for the job

You enjoy your job; it is as simple that. You enjoy what you do and you feel that different days bring different challenges, different opportunities, different degrees of satisfaction, different blessings. You know everything that there is to know about your job and as a result you feel comfortable and confident. You are respected for your seniority and derive immense satisfaction from providing mentorship for younger staff. You are not bored. You are happy and have no desire to move. So why should you move?

The Time for Change Will Vary From Person to Person

How long should one remain in the same job or position?

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Change at the Right Time

All these variables count in determining whether or not one should change jobs. At different stages in one’s life one variable may become more or less significant. Whatever the case, at the end of the day it is left solely up to you to determine whether the time for change has come. It is you and only you who should determine what is right for you at any given period in your life.

Changing is a Choice



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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      rajan jolly, thanks much! Indeed, there is much more to be considered than just the salary.

      Tell me rajan jolly, how do you share now that the format has been changed? I can't find the share button anymore

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Joyette, this is indeed a very informative hub. There are so many factors that need to be looked into when changing or keeping stuck to a job. Salary is not the only thing to look for. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and interesting. Shared.

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      Thank you cheetah786. I will check them out!

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      cheetah786 5 years ago

      these are great tips.. every employee should know their right time to change,, this hubs is precise and perfect guide for those thinking to change the job.

      i recommend the following resources

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      True about enjoying what you do! I note, however, that you are also saying that you have gone back to school in order to attain skills which will enhance your marketability and your ability to hold down a job. This is critical. Being trained/qualified actually increases your enjoyment of your job!

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      Andy Mann 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      I was stuck in a rut for years and wasn't pleased with my job. After loosing 3 jobs in three years due to the economic down turn, I decided it was time for a change. I went back to school and I'm currently in a training program that will give me the lifetime skills I need to advance in life and not be in the first group of layoffs. It makes a difference to enjoy what you do.

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      Certainly! it is important to love what you do. Only then can one achieve maximum productivity. Even if all other factors are favorable and your heart is not in it, your output will be below your true potential.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi Joyette Fabien,

      My dad always told me to find a job I truly love and I will never work a day in my life. When we find something that we love doing, we can be productive.

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      Joyette Fabien 5 years ago from Dominica

      Your baby is cute, jpcmc!

      Thanks for visiting my hubs. I will certainly make the time to read yours as well.

      Certainly in the job as with everything, it is always better when one is willing to give and not only receive. So the employee needs to find a job where he can be productive and where the remuneration and work conditions are favourable. It then becomes a win- win situation

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I believe that people should get a job where they can contribute a lot and grow as well. Productivity is very important as it gives back to the company and provides the foundation for further growth for the employee. However, there are instances where the employee fails to get these opportunities. When this happens an alternative employement can be considered. but before jumping ships, it is important to talk to one's supervisor or the HR department to get some issues resolved first.

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      Joyette Fabien 6 years ago from Dominica

      Thank you,Moon Daisy. Yes for me it was that way- the scare then the excitement. Actually it has been an enriching experience for me.

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      Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

      A very interesting and thoughtful hub. I can relate to a lot of what you describe as I stayed in my old job for a long time and wasn't motivated to move, because I knew it inside-out, liked the perks and loved the people. Sometimes it isn't about the job itself!

      It was finally time to leave when I had my daughter, and now I am at the beginning (hopefully!) of a new career. Changing job itself can be scary when you've done something else for years, but it's exciting too!

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      Joyette Fabien 6 years ago from Dominica

      Thanks Joya. Your support means a lot to me.

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      Joya Rods 6 years ago

      Very well done.