A Year of Change


In case you missed it, the new moon on January 30 reportedly marked the start of “a year of much change and movement.”

That’s how it was described by Kelly Surtees of astrology.com, writing at Yahoo!

Even The Old Farmer’s Almanac, North America’s longest published reference book, described Thursday’s new moon as “a supermoon.”

It was also the start of the Chinese Year of the Wood Horse, which “is supposed to bring new tidings and swift changes” according to Wolfgang Georg Arlt of Forbes.com — a media outlet more commonly known for covering traditional business and finance.

Whether or not you believe what the supermoon and Year of the Horse signify, “the only constant in life is change” as ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus said.

It’s a belief that many of the world’s greatest philosophers and leaders also share (see sidebar).

While some people avoid change in their careers, as in other areas of life, most of us will change jobs and careers multiple times.

If you are looking forward to a career or job change this year, you are not alone. A 2013 University of Phoenix survey found more than half (55 percent) of working adults are interested in changing careers, with nearly a quarter (24 percent) extremely or very interested in a career change

So why don’t more workers actually make that change?

For most unhappy employees, the reason for avoiding career change is fear — fear they can’t afford to, fear of failure, or even fear of success.

Before you march into your boss’s office and announce “I quit,” there may be other options. If you enjoyed your job at one time, you may be able to boost your job satisfaction without leaving your current employer.

For example, one reason people decide to change jobs is because they are no longer challenged. The job they loved at one time has become boring.

Instead of leaving, you could look for ways to change your existing job. For example, you could ask your employer if you can take on new challenges or move to another position in your current workplace.

If compensation is the main issue, consider asking for a raise or additional benefits after researching salaries for similar positions in your industry. Many employers know it is costly to replace good employees, and will do what they can to keep them.

If you are not able to find a solution with your current employer, then it may be time for a change with a new job or career.

Assuming you work an average of 40 hours a week, 50 weeks a year, for 50 years, you will spend 100,000 hours at work. You deserve to spend your time doing something rewarding and meaningful.

Marky Stein, author of Fearless Career Change: The Fast Track to Success in a New Field, recommends “quit your job when a higher calling beckons you, like: higher pay, higher creativity, higher self-esteem, higher integrity, higher satisfaction, higher ethics and higher intellectual stimulation.”

“Whenever more joy in your work steps up to lead you, follow it,” she adds.

Whether or not it brings you any changes, I hope the coming year is a good one for you.

Tag Goulet is co-founder of FabJob.com, a publisher of books on how to get started in a dream career, and Academic Director of the International Association of Professions Career College. To contact Tag visit www.iapcollege.com.

Quotes about Change

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Change in all things is sweet.

We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
Harrison Ford

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

Things do not change; we change.
Henry David Thoreau

If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.
Gail Sheehy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Wayne Dyer

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

SOURCE: BrainyQuote