How do I get my career on track – what to ask yourself

While audits might not inspire you with a feeling of excitement, they are often necessary to help you take stock, assess your situation, and figure out how to progress from your current situation. Have you ever sat down and carried out this process for your life or career? If not, I would encourage you to do so.

Performing an audit of your career is a great way to evaluate where you are in your professional life, where you want to be, and what you need to do to get there. Ask yourself questions that you think are pertinent to your career goals and job satisfaction. Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • Do you have clear goals at work?
  • Do you receive constructive feedback at work?
  • Do you like the industry/sector that you work in?
  • Do you like what your company stands for?
  • Do you receive training at work?

Answering questions such as these will help you to identify the positives and negatives of your career that you might not have considered before. This could help you gain a better appreciation for your career if you’re stuck in a rut, or make you realise when a change is needed.

If you’re answering no to the majority of these questions, then it’s time for a real evaluation of what you want to be doing with your life and where you want to be in your career. It might be that you know you’re unhappy in your career, but you can’t quite pinpoint what it is that’s making you feel this way. Performing an audit could be the key to identifying and addressing these issues.

Career Navigator

With the aim of auditing your careers, I have developed a Career Navigator with a set of questions, such as the ones above, to help you assess your career status. Answer these questions and count up how many “yes” and “no” responses you give to understand where you are in your career.

If you are interested in completing this quick Career Navigator, then get in touch at sarah@sarah-j.com or call +44 (0) 7531 228089.