Deciding to leave a job ain’t easy. In finance especially, there’s a hesitancy – it might be anxiety about finding a new position, or a feeling that your work isn’t finished. Here are four signs it’s time to make the leap.
1. You’re Overworked
This is especially common in startups and small businesses. In companies like this, your responsibilities can often span across a plethora of different job roles. One day you’ll be cold calling prospects, and the next you’re responsible for a new marketing campaign.
Burnout is real, and it’s not selfish to prioritise your health (both mental and physical). If you’re always feeling overwhelmed and stressed at work, it might be time to look for a new position – one where your role will be a little narrrower, and a little more clearly defined.
Another factor that comes into play in finance is the hustle culture that’s ubiquitous throughout the industry. An expectation for you to go above and beyond all the time is going to take its toll in the long run.
2. You’re Underchallenged
This is the polar opposite to point 1. Boredom is a mind killer. You’re sitting for eight hours in front of a laptop, performing a task that you’re pretty certain by now could (and should) be automated. There’s no opportunity for you to be creative, to solve problems or to use any of your actual skills.
Working at a job like this winds up making you feel so mechanical that you start to lose your humanity. These roles are everywhere in finance, and it’s worth wondering if yours falls under the umbrella.
3. You’re Undervalued
Both previous points can be thought of as symptoms of this one. In point one, the work that you do isn’t valued properly. In point two, your potential isn’t.
Being undervalued is perhaps the biggest and most clear reason for you to start looking elsewhere. In the same way that you don’t have to heat your house as much when you have good insulation, you don’t have to break your back to be noticed when you have a management team that knows your value.
It’s not just recognition you stand to gain, either. If you’ve been in your role for a while without decent periodic increases in pay, you’ll be surprised what the going rate is for someone with your skills in today’s financial industries.
Even if you don’t feel burnt out or bored, take a look at LinkedIn’s salary insights for your role in your location and industry to get an idea of what you should be taking home.
4. Patrick Made Fun of Your Shoes… Again
Okay, it might not be this reason specifically. But, sometimes people get the impression that leaving a supposedly “good” job because of interpersonal conflicts or non work-related grievances is silly or childish. In reality, it’s perfectly valid and often the best thing you can do for your career.
The fact is that the mood you are in while at work has a drastic impact on the work you do. It seems obvious when put into a sentence like that, but so many people think they can just ignore the things that irritate, anger or upset them at work. If, however, they moved somewhere else without those straws breaking their camels’ backs, the work they did would improve tenfold.
What each of these reasons breaks down to is a matter of happiness and satisfaction. It’s true that there’s no job in the world that you can enjoy 100% of the time (finance can, quite famously, be shockingly dull sometimes). However, there needs to be something underlining the occasional periods of boredom or frustration.
There has to be a feeling that you’re where you’re supposed to be. The question is, are you?
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