How to know when it is time to change your career?

How to know when it is time to change your career?

Dear Lucy, How do I know it’s time for a career change, or role change?

From ‘confused career changer

Helloconfused career changer.’ Now, I wonder if you know the answer as you asked the question? How do you know if it is time to change your career? Or change your role? These can be two very different things.

If you are thinking about changing career, I would like to invite you to explore the following questions:

  • How are you currently feeling about your job? Are you bored? Are you feeling too challenged? Or not challenged enough? What about your current benefit package? What is it really about the current work you are doing that isn’t fulfilling your needs?
  • What did you want to do in my younger years?
  • What are your current skills? What are the transferable skills?
  • If you waved a magic wand, what would I be doing?
  • What is the business reality? If you pulled together all of your passions and interests and look to creating your dream job… What is the business reality?
  • What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

If you are exploring a role change, I would always suggest having a conversation with your line manager before taking a leap. Especially if you’re working in a company that you enjoy. And as the old wives tale goes… Nothing ventured nothing gained.

Good luck confused career changer.

From Lucy Grimwade

Do you have any career changing advice? Or maybe you followed your own journey with changing a career? Using the comment box below, let us know your journey and the blockers that you may have met, and how you overcame them.

How to ask for a payrise?

How to ask for a payrise?

Dear Lucy, I have been doing my role now for almost 2 years in a CRM/Sales capacity. Due to Covid and company restructures, my workload has increased sufficiently which is great I love being busy. I have taken on all this additional work and well, I just feel that I am not being rewarded or recognised for the work I am doing. I am still on the same salary when I joined and I don’t know what to come across negatively. The truth is, I would like my salary to be reviewed but how do I go about asking for an increase?

From ‘How do I ask for a payrise?’

Hello how do I ask for a payrise. I often hear this dilemma from clients and friends. Even as a line manager, there have many times where I have had team members approach me for a payrise. Although it sounds like you have been taking on a additional work and seem to be enjoying it – you feel that you are not being recognised for it in the form of pay. Is there any else that recognition could be for you? Also, how would you come across negatively asking for the money you feel you deserve? So, how do you ask for a payrise? Before you approach your line manager, I have a few questions for you to consider:

  1. What has been your key success over the 2 years? As you are in a sales role, have you increased profits in your areas?
  2. Do you do anything additional to your role?
  3. What is your current feedback from your peers? If you don’t know, don’t be afraid to ask – there is simple 360 method – what should I start doing, what should I stop doing? and what I continue to do.
  4. What are your non-negotiables?
  5. Do you have a figure in mind? What are your peers with-in the industry being paid?

Once you have worked through the 5 questions, have them ready for the conversation and have it ready whether in an email of a slide deck. Going into a conversation around money prepared will keep you strong and you’ll have evidence to back your ask. Be prepared for the ‘we need time to review this’ and if it is a no – reply with a what do I need to do and agree a date for the next review. Good Luck!

From Lucy Grimwade

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Welcome to Ask Lucy

Welcome to Ask Lucy

A career coach digital column with a modern twist. With a similar concept to an Agony Aunt columnist, who tends to give advice to people with personal problems and are normally seen in magazines or newspapers. Ask Lucy offers a modern and relevant solution by providing career coaching advice to give you direction and empowerment to make your own choices. The answers will be publish on the blog, LinkedIn and Instagram. For privacy, I will never use your real name and I do not obtain any personal information. 


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Hi, I’m Lucy, Senior IT Manager, Coach and Mentor. I established my business – a global, Professional Development Coaching Practice in 2018. This was after following my own journey with career challenges as a middle-to-senior manager as well as overcoming blockers and barriers that held me back. A flavour of everything I learned and gained in my corporate career and the educational journey I embarked on. My Coaching Practice represents my ambition and values in life: empowering and enriching females in their professional development, amplifying potential, driving for equality and changing the face of leadership.

You can read more about me here. 


I love to create content but I felt I was becoming a slave to the algorithms and the hashtags. So I fell out of love with social media for a while and had a social media detox. After taking a break, I came up with the concept of creating content driven by the my audience. The whole purpose to my brand is about empowering and support professional women. So Ask Lucy was born. Offering free coaching advice to a specific career problem. And hopefully enriching all professional women globally.