Is It Transition Time?

How to Determine A Career Move

I relocated to the Mid-West after living my entire life on the East Coast. This move was warranted ages ago, but remained shelved until one October morning when the voice in my head boomed “You are moving to Chicago”! While my need to transition was long overdue, the uncertainty of it all fueled inaction. But on this day, especially since I had literally “checked-out” of unhappily working 14-hour days, I planned my mov.!

If statistics prove true, many of you are considering a career transition. And similar to my experience, you may be stifled in your decision to act. Things like industry trends, upward mobility, and current skills, factor into your next career move. If this is your story, asking these three questions may assist:

  1. 1) What growth opportunities exist?
  2. 2) Is the organization’s mission favorable?
  3. 3) Is work-life balance achievable?

The opportunity for growth is personal. Growth via new responsibilities, professional development, and leadership roles all factor into evaluating a career move. Growth of transferable skills such as customer service and analytical and the ability to think, communicate, and write at various levels — not to mention technical skills required for any future positions — worth weighing. When growth cannot be determined in position descriptions, interviews can offer discussions in this area. It’s a must-ask question because professional growth should be given the same consideration as salary.

Favoring the mission of a prospective organization can contribute to rapid growth in a position. Employees who are partial to their organization’s mission tend to gain greater job satisfaction, utilize personal relationships to a greater capacity, and make a stronger leader above and beyond their position.

Taking into account work-life balance needs to be considered too. Terms like “on call” and “fast paced” could signal work-life imbalances. Do not neglect evaluating what that balance should look like when also weighing a great salary or growth opportunities. This may be the very thing that prompts your next move.

Although cyber careers in any industry offer growth potential and substantial pay, it’s you who must decide if it feels like a new career at a different company feels like the right fit. icMICS is a resource to aid and assist you in identifying the skills, career interests and knowledge that makes you stand out from other candidates — your brand. Let us help you build that personal brand so you go further, faster. www.icmics.com.

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