Don’t fret job change

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EM­PLOY­EES who f ret about leav­ing their em­ployer af­ter re­ceiv­ing a good per­for­mance re­view need not fear the ca­reer change, says 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.

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