News By/Courtesy: Sneha Suresh | 01 Aug 2020 14:29pm IST


  • Anxious about your job, thinking to switch
  • Is it your job that isn't satisfying you or your career
  • Ask yourself a few questions before you take a decision

Careers: Is this the right time to switch?

This might not have been the first time you’ve thought of switching. Maybe the more you’ve worked from home has piqued your curiosity about the other fields out there and what other options you have. Regardless of the reason, it’s not a decision that should be made rashly. 

Starting a new career in uncertain times like ours currently isn’t a decision that should be made overnight. There are various factors that should be taken into consideration which include finances, personal hardship and stress, stability, and longevity.

Before you take any decision, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is Desperation the cause of this decision?

    Even the most strong-willed and patient human being will feel stress and pressure especially in the times of a global pandemic, force even the most calculated person to act risky. This pressure tends to give us tunnel vision and we find ourselves thinking it’s the only choice we have left even when we have more options at our disposal.

    To ensure desperation isn’t the reason, take a deep breath and let’s rewind, how did you feel about your job and your career pre-COVID. Is the discontentment the same?

    While emotion is an important factor to consider, it shouldn’t be the only guiding force for your decision.

  2. Why do you want a new job?

    Do you hate what you do? Do you find yourself struggling to go to work and finish your tasks? It’s important to also know the distinction between do I want a new job or a new career.

    Do I need a change in the current employment or do I want to be in a completely different company?

  3. Can you handle the financial repercussions?

    Job switches don’t come with a promise of stability, especially during a global pandemic. It’s possible for it to come with a salary reduction or a temporary period of no pay if your starting date gets altered. These are ambiguous times and you have to be ready for the unforeseen. Take into account what you else do you get from your job beyond just the base salary. Is healthcare included? Do you have a monthly meal stipend? Are other necessary expenses covered, like internet or company laptops now that you’re working from home?


This decision is going to be affecting you and anyone that’s dependent on you for a long time to come so don’t take it in haste. Give it time, let the thought sit in your head, let it play out different scenarios. Observe how you feel about it and what it’s going to be like you and then take a call.

This article does not intend to hurt the sentiments of any individual, community, sect, or religion etcetera. This article is based purely on the author's personal opinion and views in the exercise of the Fundamental Rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(A) and other related laws being enforced in India for the time being.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 02 Aug 2020 0:07am IST

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