If you’ve been in the workforce over the past couple years, you’ve probably considered new employment opportunities or career paths. With what’s become known as the “great resignation” sweeping the country, many professionals have increasingly expanded their horizons and pivoted into different industries or fields. If you’re thinking about making a career change, here are some factors to keep in mind:
Work-life balance needs.
There’s no question the COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for work-life balance across all industries and career sectors. This shift has resulted in many professionals re-evaluating their personal needs and seeking jobs that allow for a healthier balance between work and their home lives. If you’ve been struggling in your current position to achieve a work-life balance, this may be a top priority as you consider new jobs or career fields this year.
Long-term professional goals.
While it’s certainly more acceptable in today’s world to “job hop” than it was in past years, it’s still important to consider jobs that align with your career aspirations for the future. For example, if one of your long-term goals is to become a manager at an administrative office, you may be best suited taking an entry-level position that allows you to acquire the necessary skills and competencies. Taking an inventory of your qualifications and reflecting on the vision you have for yourself plays a major role in the goal-setting process.
As the topic of mental health has become even more prevalent, many professionals are increasingly focused on finding employment that offers a positive and fulfilling workplace culture. Even if you’re seeking only remote work, culture still plays an integral role in your employment experience. There are many cultural elements to think about when considering employers, including managerial practices; collaborative teambuilding initiatives; training and development offerings; and health and wellness programs.
As your career takes shape in 2022, putting the above factors at the forefront will allow you to make employment decisions that reflect both your personal and professional needs.
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