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7 benefits of starting a new job in the New Year

By Emilly Parris

With a new year approaching, you may be thinking about what to add to your list of New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’ve been considering switching jobs for a while, or this is something you’re starting to think about more seriously, this time of year is one of the most optimal times for making a major life change.

Of course, there is no perfect time to make major life or career decisions, but the new year brings new possibilities and come January, our mind is already primed for a new beginning.

If you’re stuck in a career rut or just feel like you need a change, starting a new job can be a great way to get back on track with your goals, or set new ones.

Here are seven benefits to starting a new job in the new year.

1. A New Year, a fresh start.

A new year is an opportunity for a fresh start. This can mean a new job, or even a new career. If your list of New Year’s resolutions includes professional learning and development, a new job may just be the ticket to achieving that goal.

If you’re growing bored in your job and feel as if you’re stuck in a rut, the new year is a great opportunity to change that. A new start at a new job may be just what you need to feel reinvigorated and excited about your career. 

2. Develop new relationships.

Starting the new year in a new workplace will give you a chance to develop new relationships. These relationships present new opportunities to build your professional network and grow both personally and in your career. 

Exposure to new people also exposes you to new ideas, thoughts and perspectives. You’ll improve your communication skills while expanding your list of resources. Having the ability to get along with and work with a wide variety of people is a valuable asset that any employer would be happy to have.

3. Gain new, valuable skills.

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A new job gives you the chances to develop new and valuable skills. Learning and growing both personally and professionally will only provide more opportunities to advance in your career.

Learning will stave off boredom, keep you motivated and provide fulfilment. When you enter a new workplace, you’ll be required to learn new information and get familiar with your new environment. You'll have to adapt and learn how to communicate with your new co-workers. The new skills and experiences that you gain can help you further down the road in your career. 

4. A higher salary.

A new position can mean a higher salary. With all of the uncertainties in the world today, a higher salary can provide security and ease anxiety. 

In the modern working world, switching jobs every few years is acceptable and even encouraged. If you stay at a job for longer than two years, you risk earning 50% less than your job-hopping peers. 

If you’ve been at your current job for quite a while, there’s a good chance that you’re underpaid. Now is the time to do your research. See if there’s an opportunity to earn more or even move into a higher position.

5. Discover your passion.

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When you work at the same job with the same employer for years, it’s easy to lose your passion and enthusiasm. You may even forget why you entered your career in the first place.

Switching jobs can reinvigorate your motivation for growth in your career path.  If you’re working a job only for the money and not for your love for it, this is an opportunity to finally pursue what you’re passionate about. This will give you a chance to start doing what you actually love for a living. 

Remember that it’s never too late to change your life and your career. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing right now or how old you are, a new year is a great chance to finally go after what really matters to you.

6. Build your confidence

Confidence is important in any career. It plays an important role in your success, and it may be key to earning a promotion. 

Changing jobs can help you build that confidence through the interview process and having to gain your footing in a new workplace. To make it, you’ll have to be confident in your skills and value. 

7. There may be less competition.

Many people assume that the holiday season is not an ideal time to look for a job. This can give you an advantage. With less competition, you’re more likely to land your dream job. 

Employers also want to start the new year off on the right foot, so they will be eager to wrap up the hiring process. Many employers will be looking to accelerate the interviewing, hiring and onboarding processes. 

Even with less competition, it’s still important to put your best foot forward. Prep for your interviews and refresh your CV to target each employer you’re applying with.

Is 2021 your year?

The new year is a great opportunity to start a new job and get a fresh start. Whether you’re tired of your current position, want to pursue your passion or want to gain new skills, a new job may help you overcome last years’ challenges and keep you motivated over the coming year.

If you’re thinking of making a change, you can chat to one of our consultants to discuss your course options, and they can help you work towards a more exciting and fulfilling 2021!
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