January is here, which means it’s time to start working on your resolutions for 2017. Is getting a new job at the top of your resolution list?  If it is, you are not alone; in fact, CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey that found that 22 percent of workers are anticipating changing jobs in the upcoming year.  That number increases when looking at a younger demographic of workers between the ages of 18 and 34.  In this group, 35 percent intend on switching jobs in 2017.  If you are unsure if you belong to this group of job seekers, take a look at the following list and determine if any of the reasons to look for a new career resonate with you.  If you find yourself identifying with this list, 2017 may be your opportunity for a fresh start and a new career in the New Year!


Advancement opportunities: When was the last time that you advanced in your company?  Has it been a while since your last raise or promotion?  If you have stopped advancing (despite doing everything in your power to move forward in your career), it may be time for a conversation with your employer about what the future holds.  Having this conversation can help you to decide if there are advancement opportunities in your current position, or if you will need to find a new job to advance in your career.

Boredom: While it’s unrealistic to expect your job to always be exciting (unless you are a secret agent), being bored with your current job is a sign that you should be looking into other career paths.  Boredom at work often results from not feeling challenged or simply lacking interest, both of which decrease motivation and eventually productivity.

Changing interests: As you grow in your professional career, your interests may change and you may discover that you would rather pursue a different career path based on those new interests.  If this is the case, find out if your current qualifications would translate to a career that you are interested in or if you would need further education and training.

Qualifications: Throughout the course of your career, furthering your education and qualifications should be high on your priority list.  Whether you are actively seeking and signing up for trainings and earning certifications, or you are going back to school to secure a college degree, the amount of education that you have can be the determining factor of how long you choose to stay in a position.  Once your education and qualifications change, it is time to consider moving to a career where they will be fully utilized.

Declining industry or company: If you are noticing an increased number of layoffs or company growth stalling, take a look at your company or industry and decide if you are on a sinking ship.  If you are in a position or industry that is becoming obsolete, it is best to be proactive and start looking for a job in an area that is on its way up instead of out.

Overall job satisfaction: Are you happy with your career or do you dread going to work?  Any job has it’s difficult times, but if you are truly unhappy with your current work situation, you should start looking for a job that you enjoy.  After all, most of us spend 40+ hours a week at work, why spend that time being miserable?


As you read through the reasons to start looking for a new career, did you find yourself identifying with any of them? If you did, start considering 2017 as the year that you make a positive change in your career path.