Sometimes the decision to change jobs is clear cut and making the transition is easy. However, there also comes a time for many people when they feel unsure if the change they need is in their career or another part of life.
Is it time to spice up your New Zealand IT career?
1. You've checked out
Boredom indicates a lack of perceived meaningfulness in your duties1. If you find your are struggling to engage with the tasks at hand and spend more time internet shopping or browsing social media at work, it's possible your job isn't offering you the meaning you need to stay interested.
At times you might even find yourself disengaging from the people around you. This is a sign the culture is no longer suited to you – so it might time to discuss flexible working options or consider other jobs.
2. You're stuck in the past
In IT and tech especially, you need your job to provide training and skills that keep you employable, not just employed. Working with legacy technology can be an opportunity to overhaul the system and really flex your creative muscle, however if it's starting to hold you back it's time to look elsewhere.
Tech is a rapidly evolving field, so if your skills are not constantly levelling up alongside it you could be left in the dust.
3. You can't move forward
On a similar note, line work is likely to become tiresome eventually. Your ultimate goal might be to reach executive status and get the opportunity make meaningful decisions within the business. Without the right opportunities for vertical movement in your company, you might need to look for higher-level roles in competitor businesses.
Discuss progression with your manager – if they know you're interested, you're more likely to be thought of when new roles open up.
4. You're burnt out
If you're putting off bed-time because you don't want to go to work in the morning, that should be a major red flag. Burn-out might also be evident in the way you talk to your loved ones about your job. Think back to last conversation you had with your family or your partner – you might have felt frustrated when asked about your career or asked to give up your personal time.
Even the most loyal of employees may need to change when their workplace stops working for them. The team at 920 Career Agents are here to help your career move from strength to strength – get in touch today!
1-W. A. P. van Tilberg, "Boredom and its Psychological Consequences: A Meaning-Regulation Approach"