Lost in your career? Try these

Sometimes we all get stumped, feel like we are not making progress, or lose our way in our careers. Life simply gets in the way sometimes and we can wonder why we have not made the progress we would like. Whilst uncomfortable, these thoughts and feelings can serve a useful purpose to spur us into action.

Here are a few tips to get you back on track and thinking about what’s next. Working with a career coach, mentor or advisor will help. For details of my career/business breakthrough programmes click here.

Here are a few tips:

What does your ideal career look like? What are you doing? Where are you? What can hear, see, touch and even smell! Who are you with… build a good picture. You may not have exact details but start picturing this in your mind. This starts to form an impression and clear view on our minds on a subconscious level. Write this down – write out what this looks like. Don’t cheat yourself be honest.

Think of yourself as an 80-year-old looking back at your life and not having regrets…that will guide you to what you do want.

Speak to others in the same field- what’s good, what’s bad, what do they like about their role and the sector? Where would they recommend you start?

What’s important to you in your next role? Is it reward and remuneration, teamwork, freedom, creativity – list five to 10 aspects that are important to you and keep them written down?  Where have you been really happy in your career, and where have you been really unhappy? What were the reasons behind that?

What additional training do you need – make a GAP and SWOT analysis. GAP is where you are now, and where you want to get to – what is the GAP in between those two points and what are your action steps to fill the gaps. SWOT is strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and strengths – take an honest look at yourself the feedback you have had in performance reviews

Psychometric testing – look at your past results, does this give you information about ideal careers for you to move towards? Does the profile give you actual suggestions? Many of them do. These can include Myers-Briggs, Insights and DISC. Contact me for more information which one of these may give you the information you are looking for. For example, someone who is incredibly detail-orientated may not fare as well in a role that requires a broad view of many different activities, whereas other people will thrive on it.

Have you considered your current position? Can you take your next step in your current company? And if so, what can you do to make this happen? Who’s in your corner and who can you talk to? Sometimes we just need a tweak in our current role rather than leaving and finding a new one.

Career planning is a huge subject, and I’ve just provided a few ideas here to get you started. If you could do with some objective, confidential help in talking through where you are now and identifying where you want to get to, I can help you with that. Contact me here to find out more.