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A brave career move in an uncertain market can pay dividends

Another 12 months have come and gone and we’ve seen many changes, some expected and some that have come from nowhere. So it is no surprise that there has been an impact on the job market and the way people view their careers.

It is understandable that people feel a sense of reluctance when it comes to a career move in a more unpredictable and unreliable job market. Fear of change is an inherent part of human nature at the best of times so why take a leap of faith in less certain markets? Consider the following points as a few compelling reasons to embrace a change in career rather than resist in exactly this kind of market.

First, those who stay put in jobs tend to deprive themselves of the opportunity to meet new challenges - a fundamental part of both personal and professional development.

Second, staying in a role that does not challenge and enable you to grow your skill set will inevitably reduce your ability to negotiate a better financial package both in the medium and long term.

Third, in today’s highly dynamic world, stagnating in a job that does not enable you to challenge yourself (even if the prospect of a challenge inspires a sense of fear) is extremely unproductive. In fact, overcoming this fear and facing the unknown when making career decisions is a defining characteristic of some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Finally, new positions that are created in cautious markets tend to be among the most well-thought-out headcount decisions by employers. These are “business critical roles” and bring with them considerable opportunity to make an impact. In other words, these are often career-defining roles for individuals who are prepared to take the leap of faith and make the jump.

A dynamic job market is crucial to growth. Don’t be afraid to make a job change that has the potential to fast-track your own career development.


This article appeared in the Classified Post print edition as Embracing change.