Are you running to your next role or from your current one?

What is it that makes you change roles? Have you been in your current role too long? Feeling bored or uninspired? Are there ongoing challenges that you no longer want to deal with? Do you struggle to communicate with your boss? Have you been approached about another role that “you’d be great at”?

Or, perhaps you are one of the few people who have their eye set on a longer term goal and your next role is a stepping stone to get you there?

We all know the challenge a new role presents and one of the things I learnt early, as a leader, is that business doesn’t stop for anyone. From the minute you step into the role you’re behind the eight ball. It’s like catching a train that doesn’t stop at the station, it slows to a roll and passengers wanting to board need to run alongside and jump into the carriage. From the minute you board there are fires to put out, personnel constraints and a variety of issues that need immediate attention. For the first month on the job you’re living and sleeping your new role.

Starting a new role is probably one of the most stressful times in a persons’ professional life. When you consider that “about one-quarter of all new hires won’t make it through their first year, according to research from the Employment Policy Foundation”. And 46% of rookies wash out in the first 18 months (CNN Money Article). So I have to ask…

…”If you’re not clear on the reason you want the new role…why are you putting yourself through it?”

If you’re taking on a new role to escape the challenges of your previous role then I have some bad news for you…these same challenges will continue to follow you into your next role, and the one after that and the one after that!

In order to grow and evolve you need to recognise and overcome challenges as they arise. I have a friend who moves from role to role because he doesn’t feel valued. He’s not clear on where he wants to go longer term and the same issue comes up again and again. The underlying cause isn’t about how his manager see’s him, it’s about how he sees himself. If he believed in what he was capable of he could set a direction that he truly believed in. He could have the open and honest conversations with his manager and focus on what he needed from the role to achieve his goal.

“Begin with the end in mind. Start with the end outcome and work backwards to make your dream possible” ~ Wayne W Dyer

So before considering another role ask yourself:

  • “Where do I want to be in five years? Does this new role move me closer to that?”
  • “Have I learnt all that I need to from my current role?” (both technical or personal skills)
  • “Am I running to my next role or from my current one?”

Finally, decide on your next role while you still enjoy your current role. You’ll have greater clarity on ‘the true reason’ you want it and increase your likelihood of being hired!

Shelley Flett is a passionate leader with a keen focus on assisting others to identify their goals and move in a direction to ensure they’re achieved.

She is a Directional Leadership Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Mentor and Speaker who ignites vision and purpose in those she works with.

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