So you’re on the move ….. again!

Deborah Wilson


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The war for talent (aka the Great Resignation) is well and truly underway in Australian workplaces! The Great Resignation has built significant momentum, and I’ve heard all kinds of stories. Tales of employees who have never been happier in their new role… and stories from people who, in hindsight, have concluded they made a less than ideal career choice.

COVID-19 has turned many things upside down, and the workplace is no exception. For the first time ever, many people have the leverage, choice and opportunities that have never been available to them previously. In my role, I speak with people across multiple industries and various job types. I’ve often heard variations of the following statements in the last four months or so.

“I feel more empowered than ever to make a career choice that benefits all aspects of my life.”

“I have more flexibility in my role than ever before.”

 “I’m making more money and doing a lot less commuting.”

 “The opportunities for career advancement are much better in this larger organisation.”

“The grass is likely to be greener.”

However, the grass is not always greener on the other side, which is reflected in recent LinkedIn data that shows 4.5 per cent of new hires in 2021 were returning to a previous employer— that compared to 3.9 per cent in 2019.

The longer you’ve been in the workforce, the more likely you are to have made a career choice that, upon reflection, wasn’t wise. Most of us have. When I speak to people about changing roles, companies or chasing a dream they’ve always had, I always encourage them to think critically about what is next for them. Some moves are voluntary, while others are involuntary. Self-awareness and career planning will ensure you make the best possible decision for your current and future self.

I’ve experienced the thrill of being headhunted. I understand how easy it is to get caught up in the moment. Particularly with roles that come complete with lots of bells and whistles attached. Centre yourself and think beyond the next few months. Will this opportunity serve you in the long term? Ego aside, why am I attracted to this position?

My view is that each role you step into should set you up for your next role. It should challenge you and stretch you out of your comfort zone. Not in an overwhelming manner, in a way that makes you excited to get up in the morning and go to work. Always be wary of offers that come with a short deadline. You need time to assess your options properly.

Whether you realise it or not, if there is one role out there for you, there will be another. Make sure you do your homework, don’t be in a hurry.

When it comes to career planning, I always encourage people to ask these questions: 

•   What motivates you to get out of bed and go to work?
•   What support at work do you need to thrive?
•   What are you doing in your role when you are really enjoying your work?

In May 2022, OnTalent is running career workshops focused on supporting you to manage your career! We’ll help you step outside your comfort zone, expand your mind regarding what’s possible for you, and cover how to get where you want to go and possible next steps.  More information here!

Deborah Wilson is a Thought Leader and a Career Strategist. She takes a personalised approach to strategic career coaching and career transitions, mentoring and leadership development. Deborah provides expert guidance for individuals while supporting organisations through change and connecting people and purpose.

Call Deborah on +61 403 779 746.

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