What to expect when changing careers

19 Nov 2019

New eployeeIn the past, employees would join an organisation at the peak of their career, and retire from the same company years later when hitting pension age. In an ever-changing world and globalised economy, people no longer carry the same static mindset as they used to. Several studies will reveal that changing job every few years is beneficial for one’s career. Nowadays, workers jump from one job to another for various reasons, including: 

- Higher paycheque
- Enhanced work environment
- More room to expand one’s career path 
- Translocation issues

What to consider

In the majority of cases, the prime motivating factor behind a job switch is a salary increase. Several companies also offer benefits (such as health benefits) along with an attractive salary, which is an important thing to consider when changing jobs. 

Other issues such as leave rights, salary structure, the ability to work from home or off site, and other hidden benefits should also be considered in order to properly determine what the future employee will benefit from. 

It goes without saying, but the work environment and work culture of your future workplace should be among the top items in your checklist. For some, a suitable office environment would be considered even more important than a hefty paycheque. Adapting into an environment with new colleagues and a brand-new boss can be challenging for some, especially if the climate is not particularly welcoming. Making sure you settle in comfortably as a newbie in the office should be one of your main priorities. 

Other factors to take into consideration prior to switching job or career include location and room for growth. Assessing carefully how long the commute from your house to work will take you is an important factor, and often overlooked by some. Commuting time between your job and your home can have an impact on your everyday lifestyle, including sleeping and eating schedule. 

Last but not least, one last point that is worth consideration is whether your new place of employment offers room for further career development and growth. Everyone loves a fresh start, but asking yourself what made you leave your previous job can help you determine what kind of growth you are looking for in your future place of work.   

What to expect 

What happens in your first few days, weeks or even months at a new place of work can help determine what to expect from your new job.

“All of us have been a new employee at one time or another,” says Justin Black, Head of People Science at Glint Inc in Hartsdale, New York, as reported by Forbes magazine. 

“We start with excitement for the future, anticipation of challenges to come, and desire for belonging with new colleagues. With effective people practices, such as thoughtful recruiting and onboarding, these hopes can become a reality, and we can go on to become happy and successful in our new roles. With ineffective people practices, the opposite is more likely to occur. Glint’s research shows that 40% of employees who experienced a poor onboarding feel disengaged three months into their new job and would not recommend the organization to others. And over the course of a year, disengaged employees are 12 times more likely to quit than highly engaged employees.”

At the end of the day, a lot of what a new job has to offer stems from your initial expectations and impressions as a new employee, which is why it is always important to maintain your standards and keep your head held high, always remain motivated and look forward towards improvement and new initiatives.