Millennial Women, Here’s What To Consider Before Switching Jobs
At some point in our careers, even if it’s very short, we start feeling a slump. Cue the quarter-life crisis and the constant question of “What am I doing with my life? I mean, Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire and she’s younger than me!” The economy doesn’t exactly make the job market any better, and of course, there are some things we need to consider before switching jobs. The question is, what are they?
Okay, ladies now let’s get in formation. Sorry, we meant information.
These women have been there, done that, and seen almost everything, career-wise. We’re taking their very best advice and sharing the factors you, a millennial woman would need to consider before switching jobs.
1. The best time to switch is when you become too comfortable in your role
“Once you become comfortable in one place, that’s the time for you to change.” – Zahariah Abdul Rahman, Senior General Manager of Group Strategic Communications at PETRONAS
There are some ways in which being too comfortable at your job may work against your career progression. When you’re uncomfortable, you’re constantly learning, growing and seeking new opportunities. So, if you begin to feel quite sure that you’re comfortable where you are, it’s probably the best time to get a promotion or switch jobs.
2. Always say “Yes” to opportunities
“I read a book called Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, and from then on, everything someone asked of me, I said yes, of course with some careful thought. Consider the opportunity, only then you can move forward.” – Anusha Peterson, Freelance Director and Producer
We may be intimidated by challenges that come our way and be more inclined to say no when asked. However, as career-driven millennial women, we can’t deny ourselves the chance for personal and professional growth. Even if you don’t say yes immediately to someone’s request, sleep on it and consider it. Opportunity doesn’t knock twice (unless you’re really lucky!).
3. To become an expert in anything, you need to put in 10,000 hours
Anusha firmly believes in the 10,000-hours rule. “If you want to be great at anything, you have to do at least 10,000 hours,” she said. “So if you think you did 10,000 hours in that 1-and-a-half years, then you can move on. But if it takes you 10 years to get to 10,000 hours, then it’ll probably take you 10 years to get to where you need to be. You have to give yourself a chance.”
“If you want to be great at anything, you have to do at least 10,000 hours.”
4. Tips for negotiating
Chuah Jia Wen, Head of Industry FMCG at Google advises one to ask for data points before negotiating.
“Data points meaning where am I being paid right now, is the pay above or below market rate, and where is the company right now. I would calibrate the data before I make a decision. Who knows, maybe I’m being paid above market rate.” – Chuah Jia Wen, Head of Industry FMCG at Google
When you have the power to do so though, Zahariah believes it’s best to negotiate.
“I was in a position to negotiate,” she said.
Zahariah was about to get her first bonus when Petronas called her to work with them all those years ago. “I negotiated with HR and asked if I could start after my first bonus, so instead of joining the company in January, I joined in March,” she shared. “The position given to me was in corporate affairs, but because of certain reasons, I negotiated to start my career in HR, and stayed in the department for two years.”
5. For married millennial women, quality time spent with your husband and children matters
Along the way, some of us may get married and have children – that’s just life. If you’re worried about striking a balance between being an employee, a mom, and a wife, it’s important to know that quality time spent with your family is more important than quantity.
Besides being a Senior General Manager in one of Malaysia’s most prestigious companies, Zahariah is also a grandmother, with three grandchildren.
“Settle your home first. Home will give you the peace of mind to focus on your work,” she said.
It’s the meaningful time spent together that keeps you close.