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The Great Resignation

The Great Resignation. It’s the latest term to hit the airways since coined by Anthony Klotz of Texas A&M University, but before you ‘grab the bull by the horns, take time to understand it.  Before the pandemic hit, an alarming number of people were disengaged with their jobs –more than 65%, but most just kept working. Whether they felt trapped by finances, responsibilities, skills, etc., were overwhelmed by the challenge of change, or lacked motivation, they stayed with the routine they knew. 

Enter the pandemic. Suddenly people found themselves working from home –and staying home. Without the typical office interruptions, they were more productive. With the hold on all things social, they had more time on their hands –time often spent outdoors with their immediate family and by themselves. Time spent reflecting on their life, their work, their values. Fast forward 14 months later; people are much more motivated, courageous, and suddenly proactive about a career change.

In reality, career change isn’t unusual – many people have made this move. What’s unique is the potential of so many people doing it in one drove. But, before you join the movement, it’s time for self-evaluation. Do you need to change careers, or do you need to change your work-life balance? Is the problem that your career was running you, rather than enabling you to live life to its fullest? On the other hand, have you always wanted to do B but were so busy doing A that you never got around to it? 

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I looking for a new challenge or renewed passion within my field of expertise?
  • Am I looking for a less stressful career with more work-life balance opportunities –even if it’s less pay, or am I searching for a career with more security and income?
  • Has burnout become my normal –am I constantly drained, depleted, and apathy could be my middle name?
  • Do I like what I do, but want more room to grow, more flexibility, and fresh challenges?

The key is determining if you need to a) keep your job but make lifestyle changes, b) find a new position within your industry, or c) change your career path.

Of course, the Robert Joseph Group can always help you find the position that works best for your situation –whether it’s temporary or something more permanent. There are many career choices within the accounting and finance industry – we specialize in the right hire, at the right place, and at the right time. Contact us today.

Our challenge to you: Take the next two weeks to dig deep. Spend time in self-evaluation. Seek advice from your mentor, significant other, or trusted coworker. Then come back to our blog – we’ll be sharing critical tips for each choice throughout July.

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