Everyone goes through a period of frustration at work at some point in their career and while this doesn’t always last, it could be the tipping point that leads you to seek out new challenges. If the data/analytics role you’re in is no longer the right fit for you, then it may be time to move on to the next opportunity.

Choosing to leave your job is not an easy decision to make and one that requires careful consideration. To help you evaluate your situation, here are six key signs you need a new job.

You’re Actively Taking an Interest in Opportunities Around You

With demand for Data Specialists at an all-time high, it wouldn’t be unusual for you to receive interest from Recruiters, be it via LinkedIn messages or direct emails. Rather than hitting delete, have you started to open them and seriously consider what’s on offer?

Have you gone further and subscribed to job alerts? Are you taking an active interest in technology, data and analytics jobs advertised online? If so, this is a proactive step that supports a gut instinct that things are not right in your current role.

You’re Ready for a New Challenge

Have you reached a point in your current job where you feel as if you’re just going through the motions? When was the last time you felt that spark of excitement in learning something new? When you think about work, do you feel dread, rather than joy?

If you’re not content with your answers to these questions, consider what you really want from your career now and in the near future. Is this something your current company can provide? If the answer is no it may be best to look elsewhere for your next challenge. Fortunately, you’re in the ideal industry for that.

The fast-paced and dynamic nature of the data and analytics fields means there are a plethora of exciting areas in which to expand your skillset. Our research tells us the most in-demand areas in data and analytics recruitment are AWS, RPA, Data Centre and Technical Architecture, Cloud Management, AI and ML, as well as Data Centre Security and Networking. If you’re a TM1 specialist, you’re certainly in the driver’s seat when it comes to a pick of opportunities.

With data and analytics employers reporting severe difficulties in finding qualified candidates for open jobs, now is a great time to make a career move.

You Have Noticed a Change in Your Mental or Physical Health

Reflecting on your emotional and physical well-being will help you to decide if it’s time to find a new role. According to the Australian Psychological Society, many employees who move on from their jobs report feeling consistently short-tempered or down. Some have reported experiencing negative changes in their sleeping, drinking or eating habits. Some find they fall ill more often, while others say their family and friends have commented on their distant or undesirable demeanour.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, your unhappiness at work may be impacting your physical and/or mental wellbeing. Left unchecked, this could lead to burnout which can have serious health consequences A recent Elmo Employee Sentiment Index showed that almost half of all Australians experienced this and the antidote could be finding a new role.

You’re Not Being Financially Rewarded for Your Work

With the cost of living on the rise, your salary must keep pace. However, it should also accurately reflect the value you bring to your company.

If you’re unsure about the current market rates for your role, feel free to connect with us. An important part of our job as Data and Analytics Recruitment Specialists is to seek out and share real-time remuneration rates with our candidates and clients.

If you feel your remuneration package could be better, we highly recommend you speak to your manager in the first instance, as they may be able to address this. You should feel as if you are showing up and getting rewarded for your effort and another employer elsewhere may do that for you.

You Don’t Feel Seen

A 2021 Gartner survey found almost a quarter of Australian workers changed employers due to a lack of recognition. While financial remuneration is important, this clearly illustrates feeling valued and noticed by an employer often takes priority.

In your situation, you might have missed out on securing one too many exciting project opportunities or promotions. If you don’t feel acknowledged for the effort you put into your job, or you consistently find your decisions overturned and advice ignored, speak to your team first.

If they don’t address the issues you are having then a fresh start may be in order.

The Company’s Values Have Shifted

When you decided to accept your current role, the company likely drew you in by their values and culture as they nicely aligned with your own. If you have noticed a shift occurring – whether that’s within the company, within yourself or both – then talking to the right Recruiter is your next step.

The changes can relate to staff or management turnover, an adjustment in strategy or a change in business priorities. The results could mean the company is now at odds with the values you hold dear, whilst also adversely affecting the company culture to a point where you no longer enjoy your time at work.

Great company culture and value alignment are two essential ingredients for work happiness, so a mismatch may indicate it’s time to move on.

Support in Finding Your Next Data and Analytics Role

We hope our coverage of the six key signs that it may be time to move on from your current data and analytics job has helped you in making your decision.

While moving positions is a little daunting it is also extremely exciting, especially given the fact the data industry is currently bursting with opportunities – and not enough talent to fill them! Now is an ideal time to make your next career move.

If you would like to find out more about our data and analytics job openings across Australia, with Sydney, Melbourne and Perth our biggest markets would like some support from one of our Data and Analytics Recruitment Specialists in ensuring your CV is up to date, please let us know.