Advice for Fearing Job Change
First and foremost, it is perfectly normal to worry about leaving a current job for one that may be on the horizon. That has been true in the best of economic times, but seems to be even more previlent in today's economic downturn. With the US' unemployment hovering at a steady 9.2% as of September 2010 makes the thought of changing jobs even scarier. However, in most cases, leaving a current job for something better - whether it be in a better city, has a better pay scale, or offers better insurance - is still a good motivator for employees to change.
The number one fear changing jobs is finding another job.
In economic prosperity, most employees will have another job lined up before they leave their current job or finding their next job will only take a few months depending on what types of skills and abilities that plan to bring to the new job, as well as which career field they are entering. During the Great Recession, employees who ended up being laid off or who lost their jobs were shocked and dismayed to discover that, for some, it took nearly a year or even more before they were able to find a job and for many, the jobs they have found either do not pay what they had been making before or they do not have the same type of perks and resources that their last job offered.
The best advice is to make sure that you plan your job leave in advance. This may be difficult if you suddenly find yourself with a pink slip or being laid off, but the best laid plans are the ones that will get you through. If you feel that it is becoming clear it is time to quit your job, then you should start looking for other jobs or ways to support yourself when you leave your current job. For many of those that became unemployed during this crisis, a career change seemed evident. Some went back to school to earn degrees they had always wanted or degrees they felt would help in the current climate; some began to start their own businesses.
The one thing to remember about fearing job change is that it can keep you in the same place for years, despite you not wanting to be there. In life there is risk and sometimes, taking risk is the scariest thing to do. If you set plans in place, such as making sure you have enough money to live off of, you may be able to sit back and decide what it is you want to do. Don't forget that there are also part time jobs that can help bring money in, and many people have discovered freelancing as an extra means of income.