How can one person feel so frustrated and tired? This 9-5 was burying my soul alive. I literally felt like I had sold my soul to the devil. Do all 9-5’s feel like this?
Fear! ‘Hmm Sewa, there is no good job in the country o’ ‘better die on the line of this present job you have’ ‘do you know how many people want your job?’ ‘don’t you see the unemployment statistics in the country?’ “quit???? And do what? with this recession?”……..
People asking me questions I had no answers to and more people telling me what to do. All I knew was my life wasn’t meant to be like this for next couple of years. I wasn’t a lazy person, I could handle the pressure except this wasn’t pressure, it was slavery!
With just barely enough sleep, been underpaid, the overtime burden, absolutely zero motivation 5 days in a week. I had had enough! I made a decision in that moment to feel the fear and do it anyways. I wasn’t going to settle for less and with seemingly endless months of job searching for job qualities and an environment that I felt I could thrive in (with countless prayers too), I got my job! And it has been worth it from the very first day
Most of us have fallen into the ‘this is Nigeria” phenomenon ‘be lucky you have a job” phenomenon so much so that we settle for less, settle for anything and we, in turn, become miserable and think it is what we deserve for hard work when it really isn’t!
Here are 5 reasons to break from what you think is the truth and dare to get a job change
1. You can increase your earning power
If the company you are in is not about to increase your salary where an increase plummets, that is reason alone for a job change.
Keep in mind that not all companies are created equal. Likewise, the same job in different industries can pay significantly different amounts. If you make yourself aware of these disparities and finding opportunities because of them can provide very valid reasons to change jobs.
Been in the same salary range and taking on more responsibilities at work can leave you feeling miserable and redundant in future. You are more likely to take on a negative mindset leaving you unproductive and even mediocre in your field at the end of the day.
Let the fact that you can earn more motivate you when contemplating a job change.
2. Your current job doesn’t challenge you
Keep in mind that a job that is too easy can have disastrous consequences for your happiness and career growth in the nearest future.
A job with no challenging work puts you at risk for a number of job and career-killing factors.
Watch it when your morale plummets and your job leaves you unenthusiastic and not ready to jump on opportunities when they arise. And trust me when you employers start to notice your boredom in the workplace, they can easily take it as a sign that you are not a valuable employee.
If you feel this way about your job, it may be time to look for a new job. You owe it to your long-term career goals to stay challenged hence, find a job that does that.
3. You simply cannot stand your boss any longer.
It is okay for employees to get aggravated with his or her boss once in a while however if “once in awhile” becomes “every time” in the workplace, the friction may be enough reason to look into a job change.
Perhaps you feel that your boss doesn’t do his or her job as well as you could or you don’t like the direction he or she insists on leading your team, you may simply have a fundamental communication issue with your boss that makes every exchange tense and filled with doubt and distrust.
All of these situations can lead to bitterness and resentment as you carry out tasks. Do you think your work will be the best or mundane? or will it show your disappointment and frustration with your work environment?
However, if you’re facing this situation, think about what truly aggravates you about your boss. If it is a personality or interpersonal issue, is there a way you can watch for this in a future job interview so that you don’t move from one bad situation to another?
If it’s a matter of leadership or decision-making, can you identify solutions you could present to a new employer, showing that you’ve got what it takes to be a better leader?
Make sure you answer these questions before you choose a new job so that you don’t FLY from frying pan to fire.
4. You have a better offer
Better offers isn’t new to professionals. Odds are you are currently happy at your job, but another company wants you bad enough that they may be willing to offer whatever it takes (more money, more flexibility or better benefits) in order to convince you to join their team.
If you’re approached with a better offer, don’t be afraid to ask tough questions about the company’s business and its work environment. You have nothing to lose as you can simply reject the offer and stay in your current position if you so choose.
A good offer can also put you in a position to ask your current employer for more. It’s common practice and even considered courteous in most industries as it gives your present employer a chance to counter the outside offer. Negotiate right, and you could end up getting a raise, promotion or other benefits without having to change jobs.
However, if your current employer won’t negotiate, you can take that as a sign that you may be better off in a new job.
5. You are ready for a new career
A change in your career objectives or desires may make it necessary for you to change to a new job
You may have completed a college degree or a course that opens a new path for you, or you may be at a point in life where you simply want to pursue a different occupation.
This kind of transition often comes after a long period of thought, discussions, and training. You may have been planning this for years.
If you are at this level, it doesn’t make much sense to stick to a job that isn’t fulfilling your career objectives and desires