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Are you making the wrong career move?


25 November 2021 at 3:15 pm
Maggie Coggan
If you’re jumping into a new career without really knowing if it’s the right move for you, read on. 


Maggie Coggan | 25 November 2021 at 3:15 pm


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Are you making the wrong career move?
25 November 2021 at 3:15 pm

If you’re jumping into a new career without really knowing if it’s the right move for you, read on. 

There’s no denying that the past 18 months have made a lot of us restless. We’re re-evaluating where we live, our lifestyle choices, and the work we do. 

And while change can often be a really good and necessary thing, changing just for the sake of it is not always for the best. 

So how do you know if you’re making the wrong choice? We take a look. 

You’re nervous… but not in a good way 

While it’s completely normal to feel a little nervous about a career change, if your nerves start turning into dread, it might be a sign to rethink what you’re doing. 

The thought of a new career opportunity should make you feel excited, not leave you with a sense of foreboding that you can’t shake off. It might sound cliche, but trust your gut on this one. 

You’re not doing it for you

It’s really important to be honest about your reasons for moving. Are you doing it because this is a great opportunity that will propel your career forward and give your life more meaning? Or, are you doing it because it’s an opportunity to spite someone else, or make your old co-workers jealous? 

Taking on a new job to avoid criticism about how long you’ve been in your current job is also not a great reason to move on, and might leave you feeling unfulfilled and unhappy. 

You’re feeling desperate 

There are times when you just need to find a job. But, if you’re already in a role that makes you feel like you’re contributing to the world and that challenges you, you can afford to wait and be a bit picky. Don’t rush into a new role just because you want change. Trust the process, because when the right thing comes along, you’ll be glad you waited.


Maggie Coggan  |  Journalist  |  @MaggieCoggan

Maggie Coggan is a journalist at Pro Bono News covering the social sector.

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