Don’t fret job change
EMPLOYEES who f ret about leaving their employer after receiving a good performance review need not fear the career change, says CareerOne.com.au editor Kate Southam.
She says workers who are so good at their roles that they can apply for, or are offered, other better opportunities, salaries, conditions or challenges need not feel guilty about making a career development plan with their employer or leaving soon after they are doing a good job.
‘‘If you haven’t got a job yet, there is nothing to worry about right now,’’ she says.
‘‘Usually career change is not as easy as just applying for jobs, so this might not be an instant process.
‘‘(If) you have been thinking about a career change for a long time, there is nothing wrong with starting your research.’’
She says workers who are conscientious and want to do right by their employer but who do want to move on should continue giving 100 per cent effort to their job. It will not take anything away from the employer if the employee explores their options outside of work, she says.
‘‘There is nothing wrong with that (but) I wouldn’t share your plans with your employer,’’ she says.
‘‘Sometimes employers are forced to lay off hardworking employees due to a merger or an economic downturn.
‘‘Good managers feel bad about letting equally good workers go but they do what is required.’’
Employees should also do what they feel is required, she says.
‘‘All you are doing is exploring a long-held career dream and if you can make it happen, then you are taking a risk by leaving a seemingly secure job but that is your risk to take,’’ she says.