Job changes may not be as life-changing as career changes, but they’re significant all the same. You may have to change location, and even if you don’t, it still involves dealing with a change of responsibilities, new (and sometimes hostile) colleagues, and an entirely different work setup. Some people often regret changing jobs and this is because they’ve either not thought out their decision carefully or because they’re not patient enough to realize that a job change does not always work out for the better immediately. In general, it’s the mistakes that people make when changing jobs that make their future uncertain. So if you’re thinking of making the switch, here’s what you shouldn’t do:
- Change jobs for the money alone: If you’re changing jobs just because the money is good, remember that money is not everything. Yes, the dollar signs could make it easier for you to bear the hardships that may come with the job, but when you take on a job that you don’t really like for the money, it’s hard to sustain your enthusiasm for it on a daily basis in the long term. If you think you can cope with anything at the new place and you really need the money, then go ahead by all means, but be prepared to deal with the repercussions that may arise – you may have a lower designation, your work hours may increase, and your social life may change drastically.
- Assume that the new job will definitely be better: If you’re changing jobs because you find your current work environment hostile and unsupportive, you may find to your surprise that the new place could be worse. So before you jump from the frying pan into the fire, make enquiries, do your research, and take on a new job only if you have the conviction that you can make it work, no matter what. Also, it may be your attitude that is causing the hostility in your workplace and not that of your coworkers. So if you find that you face the same problem no matter how many jobs you change, it’s time to take an inward look and change yourself to be able to get along better with other people.
- Make drastic changes in your life: If the new job requires you to travel frequently when you’re used to a sedentary life, you may find that it’s not to your liking. If you have to move your family to another state, your children and spouse will be severely affected because they have to give up their friends, schools, work and social circles to accommodate your job change. And if you have to live away from your family because of the new job, you may find that money does not compensate for loneliness and alienation of affection. So before you take on a job that causes you to make drastic changes, think through the pros and cons long and hard so that you don’t have any regrets at a later date.