Is now a good time to switch career paths?

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According to Time Magazine, only 38% of adults under 30 are deeply satisfied with their jobs, compared with 63 percent for those over 65. That’s a large chunk of the population sticking it out in situations that are not fulfilling. Are you in this category? If so, you’re hardly alone. 

It can be easy to get comfortable in a job - or even an entire field - that’s not quite the right fit for you, and to cultivate complacency about making what may feel like an enormous move.


If you’re not happy with the industry you work in, it can seem like an insurmountable obstacle to change things. But staying in the wrong job, or the wrong field, will keep you from using your skills and talents in a way that will truly make you happy.

If you have a hunch that it’s time to make a big change soon, ask yourself a few crucial questions:

  • Have you hit a ceiling with your upward mobility and what you feel you can accomplish in your role? 
  • Are you good at your job? If so, are you staying with it just because you’re good at it, or do you actually enjoy it?
  • Are your skills being utilized? Or are there things you are good at, and passionate about, that aren’t recognized in your current role and industry?
  • Are you constantly stressed about work, to the point that you dread going into the office every day?

Signs that it’s time to move on range from an underlying lack of inspiration and waning enthusiasm to an overwhelming unhappiness with your role. 

"Signs that it’s time to move on range from an underlying lack of inspiration and waning enthusiasm to an overwhelming unhappiness with your role. If you find yourself constantly envying friends in other fields and daydreaming about making the switch, it’s time." - Simon Bromwell, Managing Director, California.

Employers used to view longer tenure at your previous company as an indication that you were a loyal and reliable worker, but times have changed. It’s not uncommon for people to move from job to job every few years. In 2014, a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report said that the median number of years workers had been with their current employers was 4.6 years.

If your dream is to break into a financial or marketing role in media or communications, good news. These are two areas in which we’ve seen a particular increase of growth and opportunity recently. We also see a lot of jobs cropping up for those hoping to get in on the ground level at a startup.

There are a lot of great jobs out there, so if you’re stuck in the wrong one - or the wrong industry altogether - it’s time to make a move. Robert Walters works with a list of impressive clients on great positions that might be just the thing you need to boost your professional enthusiasm.

Once you decide to set a change in motion, you’ll probably find it’s way easier, and definitely more rewarding, than you had imagined.

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For more career advice, and information on how to switch careers, please contact:

Simon Bromwell, Managing Director (California)

Kurt Kraeger, Managing Director (New York)