Is it the right time to switch

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Since the time we are young, we are taught two contradictory ideas for a happy life- Complete what you have started (hold on) and Let go. These two ideas form the mentality of each individual. However, it becomes difficult to comprehend which rule to follow and when. Individuals are stuck at crucial moments and are unable to decide whether to give up things or hold on to them. This confusion persists on  important occasions. Be it at school, home or on the professional front.

These ideas belie the intentions of an individual and renders him/her to not take risk at all.

Apprehensions mainly arise how ever, during job selection and switching the same. Switching jobs can have a negative impact on your career, while holding on to any one for a long time in spite of not being benefited in any way could also have a perverse effect.

Holding on to a job without getting any incentives, promotion or benefits could result in low self esteem and stress.

On the other hand, trading between jobs often could portray a wrong impression of an individual on an employer, showing that he/she will not be loyal to the organization and will leave it at the first possible instance.

Hence, it is extremely vital for one to know what to do, and more importantly, when to do.

These hacks may pose help:

  1. Lack of excitement If you lack excitement or if your work bores you even though you ‘loved’ it at some point of time, but don’t ‘like’ it anymore, you should know that it isn’t healthy.
  2. Your boss takes a toll on your well being: Or rather, you don’t feel right working with him/her. Also if you don’t want your boss’s job and can’t stand the idea of standing in his shoes, think about what Ielse you would prefer doing.
  1. Under performance: This is one major signal. If you are constantly trying to do better at your workplace, but still are under performing, it probably is the right time for you to contemplate whether you really have what it takes to carry the responsibilities you have been offered to handle and whether your boss and colleagues value your work.
  2. Test your capabilities: Don’t run around the bush. Just have a conversation with your boss. Ask him what he thinks of you and your capabilities. Ask him how you are perceived and what he thinks will be good for you. Conversations always help you know!
  3. Mull over the risks involved: Before making the final decision, think of all the pros and cons. Assess all the ups and downs. Think of all the risks involved, and only then take a decision.
  1. Know what you would like to do otherwise: It’s rightly said that before leaving some-where, know where you would go, or would want to go. Before you migrate its better to have an inkling of what you want to do. It’s always preferable to think of a second option. This would eliminate a few risks at hand.
  2. Don’t leave hastily: It’s always good to end things on a positive note and then start afresh. Discuss when exactly to leave with your close ones. Leaving your old workplace Without any grudges is always a good option.

Additional  hacks

  1. One should ideally switch jobs between the age group of 20-30 years in order to gain ample experience. Exploring too could be done at this time.
  2. After the age of 30, it’s better to settle down and stick to an organization and grown in it itself.

Author: Sugra Khanwala