Don’t Allow Someone to Dictate Your Future

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Today we are talking with more and more people that are somehow stuck in a company or career that someone else has dictated. Now is the time to change that.  The economy and the labor market are so strong that you don’t need to be stuck somewhere you don’t enjoy. Now is the time to look at making the change for the next 5-10 years.

Are you stuck with a company you really don’t want to be at because of your boss? Your boss might be fantastic and really has your back, but if he/she can’t get anything changed to make the company a better place to work, it might be time for a change in scenery.

We work with many banks and credit unions throughout the US and we are seeing some interesting trends on this. I was just working with a candidate that was employed at a bank because his culture essentially forced him to work there because he had a relative at the institution who’s a senior banker. It would be frowned upon if he didn’t join the bank to work with his family, even though they didn’t want to work there. Why limit yourself to one institution or employer when there are hundreds of great employers out there?

Cultural expectations

Maybe you are like many people that I speak to within the Banking Industry that feel they are stuck in their current job due to “cultural” expectations. Many cultures have certain expectations of when and how you can move jobs. We are in the US, the land of opportunity! When you decide that you are ready to leave, don’t look for a job with the same cultural experience as you’re in now. If you do, you will just be “stuck” in the same position you were in before.

Don’t be afraid to try something new

Try something completely different that offers you the opportunity you are looking for. If your company has the culture of winning at any cost and you’re uncomfortable with that, don’t go down the street to a similar company that has the same mentality. Or if you are of foreign descent and don’t want to work in a company that is run by you’re same demographic, stop looking at those opportunities, even though you may feel you’re expected to work there within that culture.

Family is a big influence

Maybe your spouse/significant other doesn’t want you to leave your current company. This one is very difficult, but the best advice we can give you is being honest with them; have your thoughts written out as to why you want to make a move.

Maybe your parent/family member helped you get the job you thought you wanted. You have been there for 3-4 years now and are just miserable working there. Have the conversation with your family and find the company you want to work for. They will likely understand and respect your decision.

Remember, we live in an amazing country. A country that you can build your own career path with whoever you want to work for. We are in the strongest candidate-driven market that we may ever have in the history of modern times; now is the time for you to make the path you desire. And if you’re tired of someone dictating your future, reach out to us! We’ll help you find a new career path that you’re passionate about.