For some reason, Christmas is the time of year many people tend to re-evaluate their job, employer and career direction. I think it is because we get to the end of the year and reflect on what we have achieved throughout the year. It is also a time when we think about our salary, the amount of hours we are investing in our job and the stress levels involved.
A lot of people feel tired, stressed and a bit burnt out. This is often the worst time to make a significant job or career decision. Unfortunately, many people change jobs or throw their job in when they are feeling like this, and wish in hindsight they hadn’t.
The concept of “job change regret” is real and very common. My advice is to avoid making major career, life or business decisions when you are feeling exhausted. Instead, take a break, restore your energy levels, catch up with friends and family and find time to engage in things that are invigorating and enjoyable. When you are feeling refreshed, consider how you are situated in the below five areas:
If you have genuinely worked through all of my five areas of focus and still feel you want to throw in your job and start up your own business, then it sounds like you are ready and determined to make the big move.
Coco Hou, CPA, Managing Director, Platinum Accounting