So many people are believing that we are seeing the end of COVID-19 protocols as more and more people obtain the vaccine and indicators are that the spread of this disease is slowing. So many have been working in a different style environment for over a year and are getting tired of either working from home or are looking for a new challenge.
If you are seeking a change, do some reflection on what you enjoyed about the last year and a half of working differently. Reflect on what you didn’t enjoy, as some of you likely didn’t enjoy working from home. Make a clear list of what you need from a company to support your own continued growth and where your strengths truly are as it relates to the work you are pursuing. It might be that you current role is changing in a way that you aren’t comfortable continuing to pursue. If so, why?
We have been riding in a storm for a long time now. With stability on the horizon it’s natural for people to feel apprehensive in relation to the coming calm. Shaking up your career may not need to be a full 180 shift. Going back into the office might be enough of a change from what we have become used to that we need to settle into that as well. OR you might not want to return to an inoffice environment.
My biggest advice…Know why you want to change. Is it that you aren’t happy in what you are doing or are you just bored with the work? Do you really want to return to the office? Is your interest in changing your career because you feel the need to continue to grow and don’t see that happening within your current career? If you are changing because the literature indicates you should consider that this might not be the right thing.
Exploration of the field you are wanting to move into will be key. Informational interviews will be something you should consider to ensure that your move isn’t just a knee jerk reaction to the feeling of growth we anticipate seeing in the economy. The higher up the career food chain you go the more important this is. Knowing the company you will be working for and if the role is a good fit is much more important than change for change sake. Interviewing people within the company about their work, environment, and how they find their days with the employer will give you insight into if the company will match your values.
Even the best job description doesn’t hold up to a poor environment. Who you work with, for and the values of the company are also important in the success you will experience if you are changing career paths either by choice or not.