Crack open the 'If I leave my successful job...' mindset
Year-of-experience is one of the most significant elements to represent your professionalism in any industry. 8+ or even 25+ years of experience show you have been in this industry long enough that no one would rarely question your commitment to the career path you've built.
But, one may start feeling the wave of self-doubt when something new enters the story - a change of thought. What can you do If you have been so successful at one job for many years…moved up, and ultimately "stuck in" the same scene.....How do you make a change? After years of nurturing a 'dream' job, now you realize it's not really 'your dream' any longer?
The fear of pivoting after a longtime job is terrible. However, this fear might become more significant when it comes to the fact that a professional has set their ground firmly in one industry with one job for too long.
There will always be different nuances for why making the change was so uneasy. Verifying the specific underlying reasons for your hesitation and clearing the way is the best way to move forward.
Do you think you are wasting time by doing something you do not really want to do?
Many professionals know what they want but still refuse to take further steps. Having specific goals and ideal conditions for the next job might not always be enough. External elements could affect you negatively, like Japanese traditional working culture or the effort and costs needed to complete the whole process.
On the other hand, procrastination and self-doubt - the mental culprits, might get in your way here. If indecision is what freezes you from taking action, give yourself a deadline to explore, and then opt for the best choice after careful consideration.
You can always change your mind, but at least you will have started - the most challenging part of any journey.
Are your worries salary-driven?
Jellyfish has supported a client who got a much higher offer after a job change, though it was a transition from Japan's biggest search engine company to a tech startup. Another client has transferred from working in Silicon Valley to a startup in Japan with a 40% lower salary base. He decided to take the cut to follow the job and projects he's highly interested in at the moment while still managing to align his spending.
These are just two successful examples of job-seekers making a significant change without a considerable disruption financially. If your fear is money-driven, writing down the numbers and calculating the expected outcomes will help you decide the next steps.
In Japan, people with a multiple-job-change history might give Japanese companies directors seconds of hesitation. Yet, once your abilities and past accomplishments prove that you are the one they are looking for, a job change will not negatively impact your salary.
If it does, start making adjustments while working on the job change (like living on the estimated new salary) to stayed prepared when it happens.
Are the titles/perks at old companies that you will be missing?
Think of entering something new, not 'leaving' a successful job'. How you shape your mindset – whether you are ready to move on or are stuck in the "good old days" will decide the outcomes at certain points. So be aware of your own mindset and whether you are ready to be a newbie in another industry or role.
If recognition is what you value, finding a company with solid branding or working extra on building a strong personal brand on multiple platforms might be your next career goal. As you have contributed to the social groups of the same interest with skills and knowledge, your name will be what people remember, not a 'position label' from the past.
Additionally, no two companies will enact the same perk and welfare policies, and some terms could be flexibly negotiated and modified, such as work modes, locations, and monthly support allowances. Be confirmative about your terms so that the negotiation process could go smoothly between you and the HR director.
Are you feeling guilty that your investment might not lead you anywhere?
Sunk cost is a financial term for time/costs/effort already spent that can't be recovered. There have to be trials and errors for any journey to reach a particular goal (not success). What matters is whether you could learn from your mistakes or never take a rest after your first victory.
That stated, some businesses are taking risks by trying hard to make a return on their sunk costs, which have accumulated from a bad project or in a bad strategy. They let the fear take over and refrain from starting anew on something else that would have been more profitable.
Though the term originated in finance, 'sunk costs' show its trait in all sorts of decisions, including career decisions: The years she spent with a job or the money and time he spent on courses that are no longer his interest. The market never stays still. Commitment is a thing but we don't have to keep doing the same thing just because we started it in the past.
Your past efforts will translate to your future opportunities. Whatever you did before contributed to the person you are today. The sunk costs are not a loss, but rather an investment. Hence, think carefully about whether you are letting any sunk costs stopping you from moving forward!
Then, start a new goal in mind and make an informed decision.
Are you afraid of failing?
At Jellyfish, every one of us has failed at something once or more. Our communication was not engaging enough; We feel burnout when task overload took place. Looking back, did we beat ourselves up for failure? Of course, we shouldn't have, but we did anyway because pressures stake up whenever a new project launches.
Maybe that describes your fear too. That you have been so accomplished in one thing, then something new came into the scene and nothing went perfectly as it has always been. Your negativity starts screaming, "I warned you!". It will probably happen because the very first step will always be bumpy and clumsy, but you'll make it through.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." —Lao Tzu.
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