Frustrated and confused about your career direction? Looking to make a career move this year? You are not alone. A new Qualtrics study found that 5% fewer people plan to stay at their current job than in 2021 and women specifically in middle management jobs are three times more likely to find a new job. Male or female, whether you feel you are at a crossroads or simply want to get to the next level in your career, it can be tough to know what your next steps are.
We understand; we have been there ourselves and with our clients for over 22 years. We work with mid-career professionals every day to help them find greater satisfaction in their jobs. Here are some of our top tips to help you work towards making a career move. We care and want you to be successful in your transition.
#1 Have the right perspective. No career is perfect, there will always be days when you would rather sleep in than go to work. And even finding the right career still means hard work. These are normal aspects of working. The key is to make sure that the good outweighs any negatives to your job and career.
#2 Define fulfillment. This is the cornerstone to overall career fit and satisfaction. Defining fulfillment will help you prepare more effectively for your next career move. Do you need to make a dramatic change or are only small adjustments needed in your career? This will largely depend on what fulfillment means to you.
#3 Reevaluate your strengths. The workplace has changed in so many ways to due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the strengths we use have also been impacted. Take a moment to think about what has changed in your workplace since the start of the pandemic. What strengths did you previously use? What strengths are you using now? What strengths would you like to leverage on a more regular basis? This element will also help you discover what your next career move should be.
#4 Create an action plan. Once you have defined your career move, it’s time to create a plan. Do you need any additional education? Should you conduct informational interviews? Can you reach out to a network connection for insight? Write out a list of your concrete action steps to keep you on track.
The truth is, life is too short to stay in a job you don’t enjoy. With honest self-evaluation and an action plan, you can make your next career move a success!
Need more help? We would be happy to discuss how we can help you with your next career move. Set up a time to talk with us today.