Very few people live their lives in isolation. Most of us have family, friends, colleagues, neighbours or pets who rely on us in some regards, frequently to a large degree.
We cannot disregard the importance of these people. Neither can we ignore our financial commitments, whether that is a mortgage, a loan, the electricity bill or the TV package. Children go to university, start work in an entry level job or expect a new phone. We want to provide for them.
As we consider our future we must first recognise the context in which we live.
- Rather than make dramatic changes can we improve the life we have?
- Does your partner know how you feel?
- Have you talked to your boss about the role and the greater contribution you could make?
- Who can help to put the spark back?
Any changes may be evolutionary but ultimately, you may, after serious consideration, decide it is time for controlled revolution in life, especially work.
We all have limits. Have you assessed yours or talked to the people closest to you about them? It may be location, relationships, young children, elderly parents or many other factors. You need to identify them and evaluate just how restricting they actually are.
Before you start looking for a new job, consider how far afield you want to look and whether relocation might be an option.
In the same way we would never admit we don’t like change, we rarely acknowledge we are not flexible. But how do you demonstrate it and how can you convince an interviewer?
This exercise can help you understand your feelings towards your current job and make an informed decision about your next steps.
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