By Jane Brown
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, boomers between 18 and 46 held 11.3 jobs on average. At first glance, that seems like a lot of jobs. But a quick look at my own resume suggests that times have not changed all that much. It is likely that prior generations held far fewer jobs. At one time, the mantra was to find a good company, start at the bottom, and work your way up. It is possible that your grandparents only held one or two jobs. This is not your grandparents’ reality.
This is a mobile society. We no longer have to be stuck in a job that is clearly wrong for us. The problem is that it is not always clear when it is time to head out for greener pastures. Here are some tips that will help you decide when it is time to change jobs:
When You Hit the Glass Ceiling
The glass ceiling refers to the point in your job where you can no longer advance. Your skills suggest that you should be able to get a promotion. But at some point, it becomes clear that the promotion is never going to happen. You have hit the glass ceiling. If you consider yourself to be upwardly mobile, then it is definitely time for you to go.
If you want to stay in your current line of work, you just need to find a different company. If you are in the medical field, you will never be able to sort out all of the possibilities on your own. You may want to look into one of the medical staffing agencies that know the industry, have thoroughly researched the area, and supply the field with high-level staff from doctors to hospital administrators. Finding a new job in the same industry is the easiest job transition you can have. Just make sure you find the right partner for your line of work.
When the Money Is Shorter than the Month
The most obvious sign that you need a new source of income is when the old one no longer pays the bills. Some people tackle this problem by taking on a second, and even third job. But compounding dead-end jobs never gets you out of the hole. You are spending all of your life’s essence just to keep from sinking even deeper.
The better longterm strategy is to go back to school, gain a new certification, or learn a new trade. You don’t need three bad jobs. You need one good job that will allow you to breathe easier, and live longer and happier. If you have time to do three jobs, you have time to do one job, and go to school.
When You Dread Getting out of Bed on Monday
It is socially normative to express dread for Monday morning. But some people experience legitimate stress over the prospect of going back to work for another week at their current place of employ. This is a bad sign. Life is too short to spend the majority of your waking hours doing something you truly loath.
Believe it or not, many people actually look forward to going back to work after a break. They even voluntarily stay late in the evening because they genuinely love what they do. The way to find this type of job is to find what you love and are good at, then do it for a living. Granted, that is easier said than done. But actually doing it will forever change your life for the better.
If you have hit the glass ceiling, need a bigger pay check, or truly hate what you do, then it is time to tell your boss to take this job and… Well, you know.