Risk managing career change

In last month’s blog we explored how to exit a business with professionalism and today’s blog is along similar subject lines. How do you manage risk around leaving? By learning how to avoid making emotive decisions, we can often avoid making poor career decisions. If applying analysis tools to the decision making process, you can logically and systematically arrive at the right outcome for your long-term career prospects.

Managing your Exit Strategy

Unexpectedly leaving your colleagues and work environment after years of service is stage one of an emotional roller coaster. As with any break up, it’s best not to go making important life changing decisions during this period. Work is not just a series of tasks, goals and objectives to be completed within a certain time period, it’s also about people, social interaction and relationships. Your workspace environment provides safety, security and structure to your life. The ideal scenario you’ll want to aim for is to essentially still be in employment when you assess your options. This rule applies even if your engagement levels with the role are non-existent. Managing your exit strategy is about seeing the bigger picture, even at times when you may not want to. New and exciting job opportunities will emerge if you give it time.

SWOT your current role

In the build up to Christmas everyone gets tired and stressed. After 12 months the brain just needs a breather. Grinding out those last few days can be tough so recognise this is a factor when you start to think about moving on. The best time to make decisions is after the Christmas break when you’ve had a chance to relax and think clearly. Put together a SWOT analysis of your current position. You don’t need to be terribly fancy with this, just grab a pen and piece of paper and in dot points write down strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. What is advantageous about working in this organisation? What is not so advantageous about working in this organisation? Are there any aspects of my current role that could damage my long–term career prospects if I stay? What areas of my current role could I leverage to benefit my long-term career prospects if I stayed?

Difficult environment

If a colleague or line manager is giving you grief the temptation to leave in the final weeks of the year will be high. Recognise this as an emotive factor in your decision making process and make a conscious effort to delay any decision to stay or go until the new year. The advantage here is you can return level-headed and logical. If problems persist then perhaps it really is time to move on.

The bigger picture is not cliché

Understanding the bigger picture in relation to your overall career objectives is also quite important. If the above point about a difficult work environment holds true, then seeing true value in staying can become clouded. Although the work environment might cause you stress, the job itself could be fantastic for your resume and long term career prospects.

End of year woes, working in difficult environments and failing to see the bigger picture are all factors which can cloud clear minded decision making. These challenges can be risk managed through logical decision making triggered by having put in place a clear, systematic analysis of your current situation. Essentially, when you think clearly, you see clearly, and when you see clearly, you will end up making the right call.

If you are an Accounting/Finance Professional interested in exploring new opportunities in the Brisbane market we’d love to hear from you on (07) 3135 9780. I also encourage you to join our private LinkedIn network Accounting & Finance Professionals in Brisbane (click here). As you probably are aware we do move quite quickly on the roles we recruit for so it pays to stay ahead of the competition. Our group is an exclusive community I am building up for Finance Professionals in Brisbane who want to share job search opportunities, industry news, blogs and other content. You’ll also have an opportunity to network with each other. You might even come across some people you have worked with in the past!

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