Article by Clemens Riebl


Should I change my job?

Employed by the same company all your life? That hardly ever happens today. Changing jobs is normal - whether after a few years, in your mid-50s or in a completely different industry. The question of whether you should change jobs keeps you up at night and makes you wander around all day lost in thought? Then this article is for you! In this article, we will show you the reasons for and against a job change and what to look out for during the transition from the old to the new job. To support you in your decision-making process, you will find a checklist at the end of the article with practical questions on whether you are ready for a career change.


Why and how often do people change jobs?

Are you also thinking about leaving your current job behind and taking on new challenges? You are not alone in this. On the contrary: did you know that according to a XING study at the end of 2019, one in two Austrians could imagine changing jobs in the following calendar year?

The reason is not only to break out of the hamster wheel of habit. Many employees toy with the idea of changing jobs because of "hard factors" such as bad management style, low salary or lack of appreciation. If you are in a similar situation and are suddenly approached by a headhunter, the temptation can be great. But what are the concrete arguments for a change of scenery?

7 good reasons to change jobs

In some cases, the situation is crystal clear. There are reasons that speak quite clearly for a change. These include, for example:

  1. Poor pay: You are paid far too little compared to your sector, competitors or colleagues - and this does not change even if you justifiably demand more.
    Tip for further reading: Are you facing a salary negotiation? In this article, we coach you and show you how to get the most out of it.
  2. Personal reasons: You feel unfairly treated by other staff members and are not accepted in the team. Or: You just don't get along with your colleagues on a personal level.
  3. Stress and pressure: You are just stressed and the pressure to perform is so immense that it leaves physical or psychological traces. For example, you are often sick or can no longer sleep properly.
  4. Lack of motivation: You hardly get out of bed in the morning and are only physically present at work during the day, but not mentally. In the evening you come home in a bad mood - the motivation is completely missing.
  5. No trust: Your supervisor or colleagues watch your every move and don't trust you. This is despite the fact that you do your work reliably and properly.
  6. Company direction: You feel that the values and ideals or the business model of your employer are developing in a direction that you cannot reconcile with your ideas.
  7. Underchallenge and no chances of promotion: You would like to work in a more responsible position because the current level is below your ability - but your boss won't let you.

Do one or more of these reasons apply to you?
Weigh up: Can the grievance be corrected? For example, if you feel a lack of trust, raise the issue with your supervisor. If there is no lasting satisfactory result, it is time to change jobs. Everything speaks for a job change? Then let's tackle it together: Send us your CV, come to our career advice and receive the most exciting job offers in your sector!

Bad reasons that do not automatically force a change

Besides many good reasons for a career change, there are also some bad ones. If some of the points apply to you, you should reconsider whether this is really an aspect that forces you to change.

First and foremost, this includes frustration. Is a project not going the way you want it to? One or the other colleague is annoying you? Often these are temporary and human factors that shouldn't immediately make you throw in the towel.

The same applies to criticism - whether justified or not. Often, constructive criticism is valuable and gives you the opportunity for self-reflection. It is also clear that if the negative feedback becomes destructive and permanently inappropriate, this is a reason for a change of scenery. By the way: Mistakes happen too. Even with a major faux pas, no one will hold a lasting grudge if you otherwise do your job well. Because you learn from mistakes.

And what about an impossible boss or an unpleasant supervisor? If the fabric within the staff is strong enough, this time too will pass. No reason to give up immediately.

[Translate to English:] Checkliste: Bist du bereit, deinen Job zu wechseln?

Spielst du aufgrund guter oder schlechter Gründe mit dem Gedanken des Jobwechsels? Überlege dir deine Entscheidung gut. Wir von Schulmeister Consulting sprechen täglich mit Kandidat:innen über das Thema Jobwechsel und wissen daher ganz genau, welche Gründe schlussendlich ausschlaggebend sind.

Und so funktioniert‘s: Je mehr der Fragen du mit einem klaren „Ja!“ beantwortest, desto eher wird es Zeit, dich umzusehen:

  • Macht mein Job mich psychisch oder physisch aufgrund der Belastungen krank?
  • Bin ich chronisch unmotiviert, gelangweilt und habe keine Lust zu arbeiten?
  • Kann ich nachhaltig keine soziale Bindung zu Kolleg:innen aufbauen und wirkt sich das negativ auf mein Wohlbefinden aus?
  • Bin ich dauerhaft unterfordert und gibt es für mich – klar kommuniziert – keine internen Aufstiegsmöglichkeiten?
  • Lässt sich mein Job nicht mehr mit veränderten Lebenssituationen (Ortswechsel, Schwangerschaft u.a.) vereinbaren?
  • Gibt es keine Wertschätzung für die erbrachte Leistung?

Wichtig ist: Die beschriebenen Probleme sollten anhaltend sein. Nur weil du einen schlechten Tag erwischst oder du einmalig gestresst bist, ist das noch kein Grund, sich sofort bei allen Jobbörsen anzumelden.

[Translate to English:] Darauf solltest du in deinem neuen Traumjob achten

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Ob du letztlich deinen neuen Job aufgrund des Gehalts, neuer Karriereperspektiven oder einem Ortswechsel antrittst: Es gibt Wichtiges zu beachten, damit sich die neue Herausforderung zu dem Traumjob entwickelt, den du dir vorstellst.

Bereite dich auf die neue Umgebung und deine neuen Aufgaben bestmöglich vor. Sei an deinen ersten Tagen offen, stelle Fragen und versuche dich bestmöglich bereits in die Prozesse einzubringen. Mach dir dabei nicht zu viel Druck: Keiner wird verlangen, dass du in deiner ersten Woche Bäume ausreißt.

Wenn nach den ersten Wochen und Monaten alles reibungslos abläuft – herzlichen Glückwunsch, dein Mut, den Job zu wechseln, hat sich ausgezahlt!

[Translate to English:] Fazit: Wäge deinen Jobwechsel gut ab

Schulmeister Recruiting Personalvermittlung junior Personalberaterin sympathisch Lilly

Egal, wie deine Situation im aktuellen Job ist: Wäge einen Wechsel gut ab und versuche, alle No-Gos und Fettnäpfchen zu vermeiden, wenn deine Entscheidung für eine Veränderung gefallen ist. So bleibst du bei deinem Arbeitgeber in bester Erinnerung und es entsteht kein böses Blut.

Du hast gerade jeden Grund, den Job zu wechseln? Lass uns dir zur Seite stehen: Wir von Schulmeister begleiten dich weg vom Alten, hin zum Neuen – deinem Traumjob.