7 Reasons Why Malaysians Aren’t Happy At Their Jobs But Still Don’t Leave
“I want a career change, but I’m not ready to take the leap.”
Feel like you’re just going through the motions at work?
It's normal to feel this way. Many Malaysians get tired of their jobs and start looking for new opportunities right before their two-year mark - some people call this the 700-day itch. Whether it's because of people, salary, work culture, or growth opportunities, Malaysians tend to switch jobs (or think of switching jobs) quite often.
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Nevertheless, not everyone who wants a career change ends up with one. Here’s why Malaysians aren’t always ready to make the switch:
1. "I'm not sure what I'm passionate about anymore"
"I used to LOVE design and being creative, I would doodle in my free time on top of designing at work. But it's been six years and that passion has disappeared. Now I feel like I don't have any skills to go into a new field and I'm stuck here." - Terrence, 26
2. "I feel like trying something new, but I'm too comfortable with my current pay, job scope, and benefits"
"Two years after being in this company, I've gotten so comfortable with my friends, my job scope, not to mention the perks! I could keep on doing this, but I know I should move on and try something new. It's just gonna be really tough to get out of my comfort zone and relearn things again." - Chelsea, 31
3. "I want a career change, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to take the leap and leave behind what I've built for so long
"I am quite certain I want a change in career and industry. The only thing is that I've already spent so much time climbing the ladder, it would be a waste to leave and start from scratch. That's why I'm just delaying the inevitable." - Aisyah, 31
4. "I don't want to let my boss down"
"My boss has been so good to me and has invested in me so much, I feel really bad about wanting to leave. But I know if I don't leave I won't be able to progress... That's why I feel so stuck in between right now." - Savi, 28
5. "I wish I could start something, but I don't know how"
"It's frustrating having to work from 9-to-5 at my desk job, knowing that I would rather be out there running a business of my own. I've got so many ideas but I don't know how to set a business up or where to even start." - Antoine, 26
6. "I want to explore new areas, but I'm afraid that I'm too old to make the switch"
"I studied to become an engineer to please my parents, and I've been in the field for almost 20 years now. Even though I feel enthusiastic and determined about stepping into a new industry, who's gonna hire or train an old fart like me when there are so many young fresh grads out there?" - Kenny, 43
7. "I don't know if I can do it on my own"
"One of my fears about starting something new is that I won't be able to cope with the stress and challenges on my own. It's different when you're working with a team and when you are the only one in the team." - Kelly, 29
If you're feeling frustrated at work and looking for something more in your career, you've probably got the 700-day itch. Watch the video below to see if you can relate:
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