How often do you sit down with yourself and think about your career? Where is your current job taking you and where do you want to be? We want to help you find the right career for you.
Annual “Sit Down”! Once a year, every year, it’s a good idea to take some time out and sit down with yourself to review your career and whether your path is going in the right direction. Make this a notable date in your calendar and have it at the same point every year. This may be around the same time as your yearly review with your employer, or it could be at any point of the year that you feel most fitted to you. Ask yourself what you really want out of your career, out of your life, and whether you’re getting those things at the moment… If not, then something has to change.
Map your path! Having your review every year will allow you to keep on track with your path. You’ll have more clearly defined goals of where you want to go, and this should help you to stay on your path. What’s going to help you move forward and how are you going to get there? Where do you want to be that time next year and what steps do you need to take to get there?
Reflection! As people, we are continuously changing, and this includes our likes, dislikes, wants and needs. Something we may have once enjoyed, may be something we now dislike. Take the time to reflect on your life, and what your current wants and needs are. Do your wants and needs match your likes and dislikes? How can you make them match? Finding a career that encompasses your likes and dislikes is extremely possible!
Examination! Delve into your personal life and take the time to understand what you enjoy doing and what you don’t like doing. Whether this be in your personal life or your work life. Do you wish that you had a job that encompasses your hobby? People do it all of the time and it’s not out of the question for you either.
Accomplishments! Our achievements aren’t always written down or made note of. Big mistake! Keeping track of your achievements and accomplishments allows you to create an even more powerful CV when it comes to looking for the next step in your career.
Transferable skills! If you feel you’re at a complete dead end with your current job, and you’re not enjoying the career path you’re on at all, then you can change it. What skills does your current job entail? Take some time to think about where these skills could be placed, and start to target these types of jobs instead. You may have to consider taking a drop in salary, or a more junior position, but it’s gets you onto the right path to where you want to go.
Review! What are the trends within your current job market? Are salaries booming, yet your salary is staying the same? Are new jobs emerging within your market, yet you’re staying in the same old place? Review the market and decide whether it’s a good time to actively market yourself.
Goals! Setting yourself goals will allow you to keep on track with your career path and mapping. When setting your overall goal of what you want to achieve within a year, you must understand how you’re going to get there. Set yourself goals every month that are going to help you get to your overall goal. You’ll be more time restricted and dedicated to achieving each goal.
Qualifications! If you’re looking at taking your career to the next level, or if you’re looking at changing your career completely, then there are probably some extra qualifications that you may want to take to enhance your chances of being successful within a new job search.
Research! There are probably so many new and emerging jobs within your sector that you haven’t even heard of yet! Research and look into new things and you could find something even better than you anticipated!