Make improvements gradually or boldly
WITH LANDON WONG
MEMBERSHIP MANAGER FOR HAWAII PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCATES LLC, WHICH IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT HAWAII CHAPTER.
Many management experts advocate for slow and steady incremental change. The saying, “You have to go slow to go far,” reflects this approach. Others believe that making bigger adjustments yields better results. When it comes to making career changes, both approaches have merit.
Q: How do I know when to make a small change or a big one?
A: Career decisions, like most life decisions, must be made with your own situation in mind and in light of available opportunities. Quitting your job, without lining up a new one, might not be the right solution if you’re living paycheck to paycheck. Think about your career goals, but also your overall life goals. If you like the outdoors, adding a weekend outdoor assignment or volunteer work might be a small change that either makes you happier overall (while keeping the desk job) or leads you to quit for an outdoors job more confidently.
Q: Are there career changes that I can make without changing my job?
A: Yes. Seeking additional education or professional credentials, taking a weekend workshop, or simply setting goals each day or week can help improve your career trajectory without having to quit your job.
Q: What is the best way to start?
A: Making big and small career changes are best done thoughtfully and with intention. Write down what you’re trying to accomplish. Think about it for a few days and come back to what you’ve written. Ask a friend or mentor for advice. Then, when you’re ready, take the first step. The best changes come when you’re certain of your goals and make the effort to achieve them.