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How to find direction for your next career move

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Many professionals have decided that it’s time to make changes in their careers. In fact, studies have found that the Great Resignation has turned into what some are calling the Great Reshuffle. Instead of quitting the workforce altogether, professionals are simply changing jobs. While making a career move can feel satisfying, how can you make sure that it’s the right direction in the long term?

Lack of career direction can leave you feeling stagnant and unfulfilled. On the other hand, finding direction can be a challenge. We get it; we have been there ourselves. That is why we have developed a career model that frames out and streamlines your thinking to help you discover what would be truly meaningful for you. We want to share a few elements on our career model to consider when determining what your next career move should be. We want to help you get started because we truly care.

Enjoyment. This is an important element to consider when making a career move. Many professionals are in a career because they are good at what they do. However, there is a difference between being skilled at something and truly enjoying what you do. While everyone can go through a rough patch in their career, it’s important to truly enjoy the work you do for long-term fulfillment. We recommend writing down everything you enjoy about your current career and everything that you don’t enjoy and comparing those lists. Which one is longer? Are there any adjustments you can make right away to minimize what you don’t enjoy about your job? What would the contrasts of those things be when looking at making a career move?

Environment. This is a big consideration after the COVID-19 pandemic. Many professionals have found that they love working remotely with others realizing that they need the “water cooler” talk with their co-workers. Others have decided to prioritize their health, looking for environments where they don’t have to interact with so many customers daily. Take some time to think about what your ideal day at work would be, focusing on the environment. Write down everything that comes to mind with regards to workspace, clients, co-workers, etc. As an alternative, you can think about what the worst day at work would be and write down what the opposite of that would be. This exercise can help you to clarify what environment your next career move should include.

Experience. When thinking about a career move, we also recommend thinking about your experience. This is not limited to professional experience; it can also be volunteer and life experience. How does your unique experience translate into skills for new career ideas? Many times this element of our model is helpful to analyze with a career coach. A career coach can give you a fresh perspective and ideas for your next career move.

To see what other elements you should consider, check out our career model here. Want more help? Schedule a free consult with us here.