When is it time to leave your first entry level job?

When is it time to leave your first entry level job?

Are you in your first entry level job? If so you may be asking yourself when is the right time to leave and move higher up on the career ladder?

Entry level jobs are the first steps for many on their chosen career path. They give great insight into the industry, provide the necessary tools, and build up skills in an employee. But where do you go from there? Now you have all these skills and tools, when is it time to step it up a gear? If you’re worried about being in a entry level job for too long, KennedyPearce gives you 5 questions to ask yourself:

Are you happy there?

This is such a big part of an employee’s well being and should be the first question you ask yourself. We all have off days at work and days when we don’t want to, but if your work life is making you consistently unhappy, stressed, bored or anxious then you need to look for another job. If it’s the company and the people you work for then start looking now, if it’s the career then you may want to ask yourself our final question now.

Are you still learning new things?

You want to get as much from the company as they get for you. At an entry level job you should be scooping up all the knowledge you can lay your hands on, so it’s a cause for concern if you’ve reached the peak and are not learning new things anymore.

This doesn’t mean you have to leave though. A simple talk with your manager may be in order. Is there a new computer skill you want to learn? Talk to them about funding a training course for you. Or perhaps you want to learn more about what your colleague does, ask them if they can go through it with you for an hour or so one afternoon. You don’t necessarily have to get a new job to learn something new.

Do you feel challenged?

If the work is too easy then chances are you’ve reached your peak in that job. Again this doesn’t have to mean you need to find a new job, it could be that you need to talk to your superiors about getting involved in another side of the business, or asking to work on a new project. If however, there is no room for anymore growth and/or you are unable to learn something new, then staying in that job is detrimental to your career as there is nowhere for you to progress too.

Have you figured out what you’d like your next professional step to be?

Job hunting can be difficult so it’s important to set yourself up and know what you are looking for. If you are unsure then some work experience or temping might be a good way to go. Have a plan of action for what happens when you leave your job, so you are not wasting your time and losing money. If you need help finding the next job that’s right for you get in touch with us.

Just because other people in your company are leaving doesn’t mean you should and just because you’ve been in the same job for a number of years doesn’t mean you should leave. Take a hard look at the benefits and negatives of the job you are in. If the answers to the above questions are a no, or you find something clearly much better than where you are now then it’s time to leave.


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