Whether you think that’s right or not, in a professional sense it’s a valuable idea: staying in one place, doing one job for too long, won’t do you any favors. Regardless of the circumstances, standing still is a short road to failure.
There are two main reasons people are resistant to career change. Australians don’t have a culture that encourages them; We are conservative in this sense. We think linearly about career advancement. We tend not to hire “outside the industry” or across disciplines. Second … it’s hard. To make a cross-industry change, you need to go back to the beginning of your career, retrain and prove yourself anew. You may have worked tirelessly to achieve a leadership position and you don’t want to undo the hard work for a risky move. All of this is anchored in our culture, while Europe and the US are far more advanced in this regard.
leave the past behind you
Taking risks and changing the way things have to be done is an important lesson to learn in your professional life. Lizette Williams, Facebook’s global head of vertical marketing solutions, recently said the Marketer Momentum Podcast on how her move from McDonalds, PepsiCo and Kimberley-Clark to Facebook enabled her to bring different facets of her professional and cultural life to the fore and how she benefited directly from those moves. She had withdrawn to culture-specific lessons from her upbringing, but found that she had to reconsider these if she was to be as successful as she wanted in her career.
“When I started really pushing my way through corporate America, I realized that I was actually going to have to break some of the cultural norms that I was used to,” she said. “I had to learn how to stand up for myself and how to move through different phases of my career and how to lead. In addition to being a good worker, getting up and being a courageous leader, and sometimes that meant not doing some of the very traditional things I learned early on in my teens. “
The lesson here is that it is not always advisable to hold on to basic wisdom. Trends change, cultures change and so does the workplace.
The change needs to be focused
However, change for its own sake cannot be made at will. The “story” of your career must also make sense. Recruiters will look for the story before any of your moves, so too much movement, too many random or seemingly disjointed points along your career will not be positively rated.
Changing jobs can have positive effects on the rest of your life: your family, your well-being, your health, your personal growth. Changing jobs challenges your mind to learn new things. About new ways of processing your work, new stakeholders to build relationships with, and new work environments to reach. It’s important to keep evolving.
Should i stay or go
Do not make any changes. If you’re employed and not in the market, check out this three option checklist to see if the time is right for a change.
STAY: When you’re happy with the company culture, you get along with your boss and team, but you feel like you’re not growing. Take an outside learning and development course to improve your business skills or ask to take on a project to develop your skills.
STAY: If you are dissatisfied with corporate culture, you struggle with leadership and politics, but you learn. This is a great opportunity to expand your stakeholder management skills and learn how to influence and negotiate in challenging environments.
LEAVING: If you don’t study, bored and I don’t like the corporate culture.
Stability is important, but so is commitment. Satisfied or comfortable in your role does matter, but you can’t just stand up and leave when faced with challenging situations: how you deal with them can and will play a role in the next step in your career.
By being willing to change your mindset and knowing that strategic maneuvering through professional difficulties will bear fruit, you will be more likely to make the advances that will move your career from “paying the bills” to “personally enriching”.
Stella Petrou Concha is the co-founder, CEO and driving force of the recruitment company Reo Purtell.