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Seven surefire signs you are ready for a career change



You’ve probably heard people saying: “I just had to leave my job”, or “it wasn’t working out”, and you asked yourself: “how did they know it’s time to leave?”

Well, there comes a time in one’s career journey when change is imminent and that change is, most of the time, a good thing.

Change can open new doors and opportunities that would have remained closed if the next big step wasn’t taken. A career change is a chance to explore new avenues and discover a new side within you.

But, how do you know when it is time to make the big move, the big decision, and move on with a new opportunity?

In order to help understand that you are ready for that next big step, here are seven signs that reaffirm your decision to change your career.

You are worn out and exhausted

If you dread going to work and you’re exhausted all the time because of it, then it is time you start looking for other things to do. Sure, it is unrealistic to expect your job to require no energy or effort from your end. However, if you feel that you’ve reached your maximum and you can no longer put in the energy even in the simplest of tasks that your job requires, then you not truly living up to your potential or even helping the company much and are, thus, are ready for a career change.

Your skills, responsibilities, and tasks do not suit you

Once you reach a point where what you’re doing is far removed from who you are as a person, you might want to look into alternatives that better represent you and your personality. The type of job and how it aligns with your personality and work preferences is critical. Similarly, these feelings could also be related to your company in general. If you do not believe in your company’s mission and values and you don’t think they align with yours, then you need to take that big step and find something new.

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Salary is no longer enough

Sometimes, a high salary and a big annual bonus are not enough reasons for you to stay at a job. From the outside, it might look foolish to leave such a lucrative opportunity but deep down inside you know it is not working out and you are simply unhappy. You can’t put up with an unhealthy work environment or an uninspiring job simply for the sake of money, especially if there are other attributes that you value over the high salary.

You feel that you can do more but are not getting the chance

When you’re working day in and day out and not achieving your full potential, it is a surefire sign that you need to find something else to do. What’s the point of working hard and not achieving what you know you are capable of? Maybe the job is too unchallenging for you or maybe you aren’t surrounded by the creativity-inducing type of environment. In either case, if you believe you can take on more challenges and assume a different role, then you should start your search already.

There is no room to grow

Look around you, how are old employees doing? Are they being promoted? Are they growing in their career? What do you think your fate is? How frequent is it to move up the corporate ladder? If you do not see yourself becoming a senior or C-level executive in the future or you don’t even understand your short-term career path, then that’s your cue. Career progression is very important and a clear succession plan is what you need.

You feel overworked and undercompensated

Once you reach a point that makes you feel like the company you’re working at does not appreciate the time or effort you put in, it is a sign as old as time to change jobs. Employees need to see the output of their input and also receive the rewards for their achievements. Certainly rewards can vary and aren’t always monetary. Nonetheless, if you are not even being recognised for your outstanding work and accomplishments, then there is no reason to wait around.

Loss of passion

Are you not enjoying what you’re doing anymore? Do you feel like you’re forced to get work done? No matter how hard it seems, or how hard it is to wrap your head around it, you need to be passionate about what you do. This is how you can truly achieve your potential and excel in your career. Your employer can also tell the difference between a job completed with passion and real interest versus one that is completed hastily and apathetically.

Suhail Al-Masri is the vice president of employer solutions at Bayt.com.

What is the FNC?

The Federal National Council is one of five federal authorities established by the UAE constitution. It held its first session on December 2, 1972, a year to the day after Federation.
It has 40 members, eight of whom are women. The members represent the UAE population through each of the emirates. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have eight members each, Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah six, and Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain have four.
They bring Emirati issues to the council for debate and put those concerns to ministers summoned for questioning. 
The FNC’s main functions include passing, amending or rejecting federal draft laws, discussing international treaties and agreements, and offering recommendations on general subjects raised during sessions.
Federal draft laws must first pass through the FNC for recommendations when members can amend the laws to suit the needs of citizens. The draft laws are then forwarded to the Cabinet for consideration and approval. 
Since 2006, half of the members have been elected by UAE citizens to serve four-year terms and the other half are appointed by the Ruler’s Courts of the seven emirates.
In the 2015 elections, 78 of the 252 candidates were women. Women also represented 48 per cent of all voters and 67 per cent of the voters were under the age of 40.
 

SQUADS

UAE
Mohammed Naveed (captain), Mohamed Usman (vice-captain), Ashfaq Ahmed, Chirag Suri, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammed Boota, Ghulam Shabber, Imran Haider, Tahir Mughal, Amir Hayat, Zahoor Khan, Qadeer Ahmed, Fahad Nawaz, Abdul Shakoor, Sultan Ahmed, CP Rizwan

Nepal
Paras Khadka (captain), Gyanendra Malla, Dipendra Singh Airee, Pradeep Airee, Binod Bhandari, Avinash Bohara, Sundeep Jora, Sompal Kami, Karan KC, Rohit Paudel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Lalit Rajbanshi, Basant Regmi, Pawan Sarraf, Bhim Sharki, Aarif Sheikh

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Haltia.ai
Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

JOKE'S ON YOU

Google wasn't new to busting out April Fool's jokes: before the Gmail "prank", it tricked users with mind-reading MentalPlex responses and said well-fed pigeons were running its search engine operations .

In subsequent years, they announced home internet services through your toilet with its "patented GFlush system", made us believe the Moon's surface was made of cheese and unveiled a dating service in which they called founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page "Stanford PhD wannabes ".

But Gmail was all too real, purportedly inspired by one – a single – Google user complaining about the "poor quality of existing email services" and born "millions of M&Ms later".

The specs

Engine: 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12

Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 715bhp

Torque: 900Nm

Price: Dh1,289,376

On sale: now

Tips for used car buyers
  • Choose cars with GCC specifications
  • Get a service history for cars less than five years old
  • Don’t go cheap on the inspection
  • Check for oil leaks
  • Do a Google search on the standard problems for your car model
  • Do your due diligence. Get a transfer of ownership done at an official RTA centre
  • Check the vehicle’s condition. You don’t want to buy a car that’s a good deal but ends up costing you Dh10,000 in repairs every month
  • Validate warranty and service contracts with the relevant agency and and make sure they are valid when ownership is transferred
  • If you are planning to sell the car soon, buy one with a good resale value. The two most popular cars in the UAE are black or white in colour and other colours are harder to sell

Tarek Kabrit, chief executive of Seez, and Imad Hammad, chief executive and co-founder of CarSwitch.com

Multitasking pays off for money goals

Tackling money goals one at a time cost financial literacy expert Barbara O'Neill at least $1 million.

That's how much Ms O'Neill, a distinguished professor at Rutgers University in the US, figures she lost by starting saving for retirement only after she had created an emergency fund, bought a car with cash and purchased a home.

"I tell students that eventually, 30 years later, I hit the million-dollar mark, but I could've had $2 million," Ms O'Neill says.

Too often, financial experts say, people want to attack their money goals one at a time: "As soon as I pay off my credit card debt, then I'll start saving for a home," or, "As soon as I pay off my student loan debt, then I'll start saving for retirement"."

People do not realise how costly the words "as soon as" can be. Paying off debt is a worthy goal, but it should not come at the expense of other goals, particularly saving for retirement. The sooner money is contributed, the longer it can benefit from compounded returns. Compounded returns are when your investment gains earn their own gains, which can dramatically increase your balances over time.

"By putting off saving for the future, you are really inhibiting yourself from benefiting from that wonderful magic," says Kimberly Zimmerman Rand , an accredited financial counsellor and principal at Dragonfly Financial Solutions in Boston. "If you can start saving today ... you are going to have a lot more five years from now than if you decide to pay off debt for three years and start saving in year four."

The specs: 2018 Maserati Levante S

Price, base / as tested: Dh409,000 / Dh467,000

Engine: 3.0-litre V6

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Power: 430hp @ 5,750rpm

Torque: 580Nm @ 4,500rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 10.9L / 100km

Brief scoreline:

Liverpool 5

Keita 1', Mane 23', 66', Salah 45'+1, 83'

Huddersfield 0

RECORD BREAKER

Youngest debutant for Barcelona: 15 years and 290 days v Real Betis
Youngest La Liga starter in the 21st century: 16 years and 38 days v Cadiz
Youngest player to register an assist in La Liga in the 21st century: 16 years and 45 days v Villarreal
Youngest debutant for Spain: 16 years and 57 days v Georgia
Youngest goalscorer for Spain: 16 years and 57 days
Youngest player to score in a Euro qualifier: 16 years and 57 days

UAE squad to face Ireland

Ahmed Raza (captain), Chirag Suri (vice-captain), Rohan Mustafa, Mohammed Usman, Mohammed Boota, Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, Waheed Ahmad, Zawar Farid, CP Rizwaan, Aryan Lakra, Karthik Meiyappan, Alishan Sharafu, Basil Hameed, Kashif Daud, Adithya Shetty, Vriitya Aravind


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