So has anyone here changed jobs/ careers because they wanted to, as in were fed up with the present job? What was the final straw? Good decision? Bad decision ?
I’ve changed careers more than once and I’ve changed jobs more times than I care to keep track of. Changing careers has always felt like going towards an answer to the question, “What Should I Do With My Life?” Changing jobs has always felt like leaving a bad situation and praying that the next job wouldn’t have a bad boss, bad co-worker or shit working conditions. When I worked in the business world, every new job meant significantly more money but it was a crap shoot whether it would be a better work environment. Strangely, I changed careers once when the work environment in the current job was extremely good.
My current job is a dead-end job. If I left and went elsewhere I could make significantly more money with more career opportunities, but it would mean working more hours doing work that at best is annoying. I have an extremely competent boss, the workload is never insurmountable, and once I get in the car to drive home I literally forget about work until the next morning’s commute. Never bring work home, never work weekends and rarely work overtime.
Truth be told, I am working on my next career and I’ll probably be working a lot more with more responsibilities. And that’s okay: your job is a mosaic of pluses and minuses, and you can be equally happy (or at least satisfied) with completely different combinations.
Not sure what you were looking for in a response, but hopefully it was an interesting enough read at the least. Saw teaching was one of your topics selected for this conversation. Is Ofsted driving you out of the profession, @United78? I have many UK educator followers on Twitter and I know morale has taken a beating for some.
Leaving jobs is something that I have done more than once. It's a very difficult decision or at least it was for me. I didn't have a dream job I was seeking but each time I changed it was a good change.
The last job I had was wonderful until about the last 5 years when the parent company sold the company to a company in France. Things changed a lot and I was at a stand still. I tried to change positions with no luck. I had been working for the company close to 20 years and I watched as person after person that had been there a long time was push out or their positions were eliminated. I finally gave up and retired before I wanted to retire.
Even though I didn't want to retire I have found that was the best thing for me. I'll sum it up by saying leaving each job was the best thing for me even if it was frightening.
I hate changing jobs and have only done it 4 times in 30 years.
The first was for a better opportunity as I felt the technology where I was would not be good for long term future prospects. What really started me looking was my second annual evaluations in a row by my manager that rated me as average even though I was doing the same work and quality as "senior" people that had been there 5 years. It was a great decision.
The second was partially involuntary. I could have stayed if I wanted to uproot my family and relocate half way across the country to a less desirable market for the software industry. That was a "I'll take your severance package and good luck" obvious decision. That turned out to be a great decision to change jobs as well.
The third I enjoyed the company but certain people, particularly HR/Admin staff drove me away. The straw was nit picking working hours and treating me like an hourly employee even though I was exempt. For example, I attended a trade show Thur-Sun and didn't get home until late Sunday night. The office manager told me I needed to take 1/2 vacation day because I didn't show up until noon on Monday (after being gone and working all day Saturday and Sunday). She complained if anyone took a 2 hour lunch break to go to a doctor's office regardless of the fact that they had worked 60 hours the previous week. I decided if that was how they were going to treat people that I was not going to put up with that and left. That turned out to be a great decision.
The last one was very recent and I haven't been at the new place long enough to know if this was a great decision or not.
Well, I finally got my response finished, but it turned into an actual post rather than a reply on here. You can see it here.
In short, I personally have not had a good experience with changing jobs. My feeling and advice after my own experience is to only change jobs if things are really bad at your current place or if you definitelly know that things will be better at the new place.
Not to discourage you from making a change, but my personal feeling is it's better to stick with the devil you know rather than change to the devil you don't know.
Been with my company over 30 years. Small aerospace firm. Revolving door of new contracts and new challenges. The company encourages us to move around and experience different teams, technologies and customers. We have turnover but close to 50% end up coming back.
Along the way I had a health crisis and the company stepped up and got me through it. Their loyalty to me has prompted my loyalty to them.
But, I’ll always wonder “What if...?”