Q: Am I still in the right job? How can I discern when it’s time to move on?
A: Try this checklist. Sprinkled with Scripture.
Set the stage
- Seize this thought: The Lord has perfect plans and timing for my job. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer 29:11)
- Reaffirm your resolve and excitement to do his will. “I delight to do your will O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Ps 40:8)
- Seek the counsel of the Holy Spirit. My favorite and oft repeated prayer is from the Church’s Saturday morning prayer (week 3). It’s a keeper. “Give me Wisdom, the attendant at your throne … Send her forth from your holy heavens … that she may be with me and work with me … and guide me discreetly in my affairs.”
Apply these principles
- Never make a major decision in a state of desolation, anxiety or upset. (St. Ignatius)
- Let peace be your guide. Reasonable tranquility should accompany your decision.
- Seek advice. “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” (Prv 15:22); “Plans are established by counsel.” (Prv 20:18)
- What is my ideal career goal?
- Where does my current job fit into that goal? Do I like what I do? Am I challenged and growing? Do I enjoy the people? Am I making a difference? Does it harmonize with my other priorities? Is the pay satisfactory?
- What does my ideal next job look like? When do I want to be there? How energized am I by the prospect? What skills do I need to merit it? What pay do I want to command?
Decide and act
- “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” (Prv 16:3)
- “A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul.” (Prv 13.19)
Jim Berlucchi is the executive director for the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, an educator and executive coach.