Is it time for a career change?

How to know if it’s time to change your job

As the old saying goes ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’. For most people it is important to find a job which allows for a good balance between work and their personal life, but the reality is that there is much more to being happy in today’s contemporary working environment than balance alone.  

Keen to explore this topic further, I delved into the CIPD’s ‘The UK Working Lives Survey’ which measures job quality in the UK. It comprises results on 6,000 workers across various working sectors and draws on questions regarding their work and job responsibilities against an array of job satisfaction criteria. Interestingly, the report indicated that more than one in four workers who have reported conflict in the workplace throughout the last 12 months felt likely to quit their job. When assessing relationships with managers, three in ten workers reported their managers were poor at responding to suggestions, and only four in ten rated their managers as good. With organisations placing a greater emphasis on promoting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, it is alarming to read that two in five workers have reported experiencing some form of work-related health condition in the last 12 months, with the three most common health problems cited as musculoskeletal issues, anxiety and sleep problems.

What is clear from this report is that happiness and job satisfaction goes further than simply achieving the right work-life balance. If you are starting to feel that something just isn’t quite right, but you can’t put your finger on it, then it might be a sign that a job change is on the horizon. 

If you are unsure whether now is the right time to look for a new job, Here are some clues that you may be jumping ship a little prematurely:

  • You enjoy your work most of the time
  • You get on with colleagues
  • You get on with your boss and you feel that they are ethical and competent
  • You like the organisation and what it stands for
  • When you have something to say you are listened to
  • You have work life balance
  • When people ask do you like your job the answer is clear
  • You feel you are fairly paid and treated

On the flip side, these are some warning signs that a new job could be looming:

  • You don’t feel secure in your role
  • You don’t trust your colleagues
  • You find the work boring, and unchallenging
  • You dread your performance review
  • You can’t see a career path where you are
  • You dread going in on a Monday


By reflecting on the points above, you can make a well-informed assessment on just how dissatisfied you are at work. This may lead you to the conclusion that searching for your next role and ultimately quitting your current job might be the correct move, or this might encourage you to open up the conversation with your current employer, put forward your concerns and find working solutions going forward that will suit both parties and enable you to remain in your role feeling more fulfilled. Whichever outcome you decide upon, the secret lies in being completely truthful and honest with yourself about how you are feeling. 

Are the signs suggesting it is time for a career change? Get in touch today for a complimentary consultation and start making a change for the better!