Once upon a time people stayed with the same employer for decades. Everyone’s situation is different and people were made redundant and transferred while others would leave for better opportunities, but on average, people stayed put longer than they do now. These days the average length of employment with the same company is 4.6 years.
This culture shift benefits employees, as it’s more acceptable now to leave a position for other opportunities — be it a promotion, that feeling of not being taken seriously, no recognition, no work life balance, conflicted personalities or if you’re just not enjoying your job anymore.
The difficulty lies with knowing when the right time is for you to leave your job. If you can’t think of ONE senior employee who has a position within your company that you aspire to hold…then it’s probably time to leave. Its one thing if you’re sick of being promised a training contract and nothing materialises. But if you already got the promotion — or there’s nothing to get promoted to — that’s really not much of a reason to grind day in and day out is it?
We need to feel like we are going places. Forward movement is our calling. So if you don’t feel like moving forward in the company you’re with because you aren’t excited about what’s at the end of the tunnel, get out and find a place that excites you.
The only way to do great work, is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it, keep looking. Don’t settle – Steve Jobs.
If you ultimately make that decision, you need to ensure you’re committed to it.
Commitment is the key in order to experience any form of success. You should not do any sort of job if your heart isn’t in it and you can’t commit. If you are a paralegal, you need to be committed to that job. If you are the director of a firm, you need to be committed to that as well. Not being committed to your career will only have negative consequences.
Commitment is that turning point in your life when you seize the moment and convert it into an opportunity to alter your destiny – Denis Waitley.