Career Strategy

Why Hanging In There Is Not A Career Strategy

If you’re standing still, you’re not developing or moving forward, which is why hanging in there is not a great career strategy.

To some extent, we’re all ‘hanging in there’ at the moment, as the world continues to grapple with fallout of the pandemic and the lasting effects on our lives – whatever those impacts may look like.

When it comes to your career and career strategy, simply hunkering down and hoping to ride out your career in a single job won’t work.

Some of us will remember when there really were ‘jobs for life’ and the best career strategy was training for, and/or gaining qualifications for, that life job. Many of us will remember the employment market of just a few years ago when you would look for a new role every few years, perhaps when you wanted a promotion or had a change in your personal circumstances.

Today’s employment market is a new beast, and younger workers may have known nothing other than the existing realities of change. This makes the concept of having a career strategy seem old hat or something that would need to constantly change.

Nowadays, you simply can’t afford to bury your head in the sand and plug away your role, simply updating your CV when you decide to look around.

Jobs are no longer secure. There are very few jobs for life. Pension packages are less generous. Many roles now involve contracting, freelancing, or limited hours. This means that as part of your career strategy, you need to constantly be on the lookout for your next opportunity. 

You have to constantly keep your CV up to date and be actively networking to build your contacts lists. You must always be strategic about your career, looking for projects and opportunities that will help you to become better skilled, more experienced, better at what you do and generally more employable.

Developing the right mindset

Perhaps the most important attribute in the modern work market is the right mindset. When you accept that things are changing – from the way that we apply from jobs to the locations where we work – it becomes far easier to be positive.

When you recognise that you can be in control of your career and that you are fully able to change and adapt your career strategy to new trends, then everything becomes easier.

Anyone can learn new skills that help you to be relevant in the workplace. You can learn and act as a mentor to others. You can all network, stay curious, work on your interpersonal skills and be ready to take managed risks – in order to get better outcomes.

Your career strategy can include considering portfolio careers, side-gigs or interesting passions that might turn into a business idea.

The first step lies in embracing the way that the working world is changing and seeing the opportunities that lie ahead for you – if you are willing to embrace them.

The help that you need

If you are struggling to feel positive about your career direction and perhaps feel threatened by the changing world around you, then professional career coaching can help you to feel more confident and positive about the steps you can take to be in control.

Sarah Jones Coaching, Leadership Coaching and Career Advice.

Sarah has personally overcome many challenges people face as they progress their careers on the path to becoming leaders. With over 25 years working in leadership positions within global organisations, Sarah is perfectly placed to help you in finding a career you will love.

If you are an aspiring leader of the future, an experienced leader or someone bored in a dead end job you hate, then please contact Sarah who can help you achieve your goals.

The first step on your path starts with a free, confidential, 30-minute consultation with Sarah, so don’t delay and book today.

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