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Changing Pace - The Benefits of Changing Your Career Path.

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Changing Pace - The Benefits of Changing Your Career Path.

By Antonietta Marinelli | Oct 30, 2020

Changing Pace - the benefits of changing your career path.

Many of us are fortunate enough to know what we want to do in terms of career from a very early age. However, many more of us are finding out what path to follow isn’t exactly the smoothest of journey’s.

Change is difficult, confronting and somewhat daunting, but switching jobs may be a necessity for some in terms of personal development and career growth.

There are many reasons as to why you may want a change of pace within your career. It could be that you’re no longer feeling challenged within your current role, you’re being underpaid for the amount of time and efforts you put in, or you’re not enjoying work, which is preventing you from growing. Statistics have long suggested that working professionals will have up to seven career changes in their lifetime (D.R. McKay, 2020), and being able to work in several roles in different organisations gives us experience and growth alone.

The reality, according to several career experts, is not to anticipate a lifetime of seven long-term careers. Yes, change is difficult but the benefits pay off in ways in which you might never imagine possible, but professionally and personally (Forbes, 2016). Taking steps towards a new career is a BIG step, but it can all be worth the while if you look at the benefits and personal growth it can have and bring into your life.

Learning is never wasted.

So, you’re ready to take that leap and jump into something that is scary yet exciting all at the same time- a new job! A new job means a new purpose. Moving into a new role allows you to draw focus on learning and inhabiting new skills and complement the skills in which you’ve already developed. This also allows you to not only showcase those existing skills but to demonstrate to your new employee that you are ready to dive into learning and display your competency. Learning is a beautiful journey.

New role, new team.

Departing an old team can be bittersweet, especially if you’ve formed friendships along the way. Joining a new team is nerve taking and can take a while for you to connect and form new work friendships. This means first-time introductions, induction manuals, small talk and scoping out what your new work-culture is all about. Going into a new team allows you to see from a fresh perspective, and to assess your steps moving forward. A new team can also be a great way to learn new things, because the way you may have been taught one thing in your old role may be reintroduced in your new role in an entirely different way.

Experience.

Moving into a new role is an experience in itself. In learning specific tasks and skills from one role can then be passed off into your new one. Staying within the same role for a long period of time truly shows a person's loyalty and devotion to an organisation, however it can also create an state of stagnation for an individual and gives other organisations the impression that you are not wanting to progress within your industry. This isn’t to say that remaining with one organisation is a bad thing, it’s a fantastic thing! But, sometimes when you work for 2-3 organisations throughout the course of your career you are opened to many more opportunities, meetings of new people and allows you to experience different levels of work cultures and operations.

Bibliography
- C.Bialik., 2010 Seven Careers in a Lifetime? Think Twice, Researchers Say The Wall Street Journal [Accessed 27 October. 2020]
- H. Taylor., 2019 7 Reasons to change Jobs, even if you don’t want to, Business Insider Australia [Accessed 28 October. 2020]
- Julia., 8 Benefits of a job switch, Thrive Global [Accessed 28 October. 2020]
- S. Lebowitz., 2019 11 habits of highly successful people, Business Insider [Accessed 27 October. 2020]
- D. Bortz., 2020 How your professional growth can benefit from changing jobs every four years, Monster [Accessed 29 October. 2020]
- L. Ryan., 2016 Ten Reasons Successful People Change Jobs More Often, Forbes [Accessed 29 October. 2020]
- D.R. McKay., 2020 How Often Do People Change Careers? The Balance Careers [Accessed 29 October. 2020]

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