What is the right time to move on

Moving on from an organisation is scary proposition. You’re taking a leap of faith that your new organisation will be a positive experience. If you make the wrong call and leave too early you could damage your career growth. If you resign unprofessionally you will burn bridges making it harder to acquire references (we will explore this subject in greater depth next month). Knowing when time to leave is quite essential to build your career credibility.

This begs the question, when will you know you have reached that point? On the most basic level go with your gut not your head. If you think too logically you may never leave because most people look to minimise their risk as much as possible. On the flip side however, your gut may tell you something isn’t right when you get out of bed in the morning and feel completely dejected at the prospect of having to go into work. If this sounds like you then chances are you’re suffering from low engagement.

Sobering statistics (September 2016) coming out of Carnegie Management Group confirms that as low as 25 percent of the Australian workforce feel actively engaged in the work they do. A further 50 percent do just enough to stay out of trouble with their line manager and 25 percent are completely disengaged. To translate that into raw numbers, out of the 11,949,300 Australians in employment as of November, 2016 almost 3 million are completely disengaged from their work. So if you‘re feeling out of sorts about your current work situation you’re not alone.

Low engagement has a variety of sources. Managers work hard to understand and monitor their staff engagement levels by ensuring the sources do not become problematic, however from a candidate perspective they are quite useful for identifying areas you should look for in your next role.

How challenged are you? Everyone wants to be challenged whether they like to admit it or not. Life is not meant to be easy and we get immense joy at overcoming problems at work and saving the day. Not being challenged in your current role is ultimately is not good for our mental health.

The Plateau effect. Have you reached the pinnacle of your career or are you starting to find advancement opportunities limited? If yes then this will increase the chances of your career stagnating and could leave you financially worse off.

Mentorship. If you’re working towards a CPA you might need some mentorship but if your current organisation is not offering and you don’t know anyone in your professional circles who can help then your next role must include mentorship opportunities and space to grow and develop.

It all boils down to your ability to learn each and every day. An analogy I’m fond of using when discussing skillset development is the mortgage repayment dilemma. Imagine falling behind on debt repayments. Each missed payment deadline increases the amount you will have to pay in the following period. The moment you’re not learning you are falling behind and making securing your next position more problematic.


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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