Transitions: Why We Change Jobs

Research from Gallup suggests that doing what we do best is essential to a good fit in an organization. It’s one of five factors; the others are having good work-life balance and wellbeing, job security, potential for sizable increase in income, and being part of a recognized brand or reputation.

As I turn the lens inward on these findings, I realize that the main reason I started Alchemus Prime (and d.cipher before that) was to create that good fit: I wanted to do everything I was good at under one umbrella. The jobs I had applied for resembled some subset of my skills; none of them satisfied my full need to contribute creatively, analytically, and socially at the same time. As a facilitator, problem-solver, and engagement agent, I find reward in motivating others to find their own true fit in the career journey, and beyond that, in the world.

Often, clients find it difficult to break away from conditioning that they’ve experienced all their lives. It is daunting to break away from structures that seem stable and secure. In reality, we are clinging to illusions. Job security isn’t what it used to be, and 51% of U.S. employees are searching for other work, with engagement holding at only 33%.

In these circumstances, sometimes it’s better to explore our own pathways to achieve the work-life balance, ability-fit ratio, and other goals we have, rather than try to fit ourselves into someone else’s structure. So, in essence, it might be time to create your calling rather than change jobs and and again.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), almost two-thirds of new jobs are created by small businesses. As an employer, you might be better at creating more holistic systems than you can as an employee. If you’re looking for the right career option, looking within may just be the ideal answer. Stay tuned for a follow-up post on our True Self Methodology, and how to achieve balance between your inner self and your purpose in the world. And, tell us how you’ve found your calling, or where you are in your search.

 

When you find you're changing jobs often, or not engaged, it might be time to start on the path to your calling, beyond career. Photo Credit: Vinh Pham.

When you find you’re changing jobs often, or disengaged, it might be time to start your own structure instead of trying to fit into others’ ways. Photo Credit: Vinh Pham.

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