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Career Advice: Make that switch to a more fulfilling career

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Very few people are lucky to get the jobs they want. Most people end up taking a job that comes their way with the hope that they will soon be able to move to a job they want.

When the time comes for them to move out, they do not have the guts or the initiative to do it anymore. Rather, they try to convince themselves to stay put by coming up with some obscure reasons and sticking to them. Though they try to justify their inaction, the general consensus is that people, with lack of career advice, fail to switch jobs due to laziness and the fact that they do not want to move out of their comfort zones.

It is important to remember that when an individual takes shelter behind silly reasons, it will not only affect his career growth, but also his personal well-being in the long run.

Let us look at a few common reasons some people give themselves for not making a switch even if things do not go the way they want them to:

•The time is not right to move. The market is undergoing changes. People are losing jobs. It is better to stay put wherever you are and pull along till the market becomes better.

•The job market is stagnant and the opportunities are very limited. People cite lack of opportunities as one of the reasons for not taking that crucial step forward. Remember, the job market is always open for the person with the right talent and skills set.

•One common excuse we hear from the expats is that they do not intend to stay long in the country, e.g. “I am here for just a short time and then I will go back to my home country.”

•“It is too late in my career to make a move” is primarily from people who are reluctant to embrace change.

Stop giving yourselves the wrong excuses. Get a fulfilling career where you can be more productive and happy.

Handy Career Advice
• The job market is always open to people with the right skills
• The first step to reach one’s career goals is to embrace change
• Moving out of the comfort zone promotes personal well-being

Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink