Many people feel a degree of uncertainty about their career and not everyone has a defined career plan. But this can make it difficult to have the career you really want; a career that gives you a sense of purpose and fulfilment.
Being aware of your transferable skills and identifying your career priorities will help you focus and enable you to make better career decisions. This requires some self-analysis.
Think about your career history to date. Which skills have you enjoyed using the most? Which do you want to use moving forwards? For example, do you enjoy producing management accounts or managing teams? Looking at your most recent CV, appraisals or speaking to your line manager can help you identify what you’re good at.
Once you’ve created a list of skills, rank them in order of importance. You can list as many skills as you like, but you need to know which you would consider essential in your next move and which you’d be happy to sacrifice.
To get to where you want to go you need to know where you are now and what your career priorities are.
Try asking yourself the following questions:
What does being successful mean to you? For one person a high salary may be their number one priority. For another it could be working in a particular location.
What is important in your life? Is there something you wouldn’t be willing to compromise or sacrifice in pursuit of a goal? Knowing this can help you make decisions in line with your personal values, which is important for your overall happiness.
What are you passionate about and why? Think about areas both inside and outside of work as this may help to broaden your career options.
What working environments do you enjoy working in? What level of responsibility do you want? Are you looking to work in industry or practice? Are you looking for a permanent or interim contract?
Now that you have your key criteria, you’ll need to rank them from most to least important to create your list of career priorities.
You now have a clearer idea of your skills and priorities. The next step is to use this information to generate ideas and identify relevant opportunities.
Here are a few ways to start generating ideas:
Once you’ve generated some ideas, you need to assess the viability of your different options.
Looking at each option in turn, use the GROW model to map out where you are now and what you would need to do to make the jump to that next step.
The GROW model is a simple but powerful framework to start establishing and assessing your goals. GROW is an acronym for goal, reality, options and way forward:
You might find that you need to undertake a training course, move location or take a pay cut in the short term in order to achieve your long-term goal. You’ll need to be realistic as to whether you can commit to making these changes.
Once you’ve identified what you want to do and assessed how viable it is, you’ll have identified your ultimate career goal. You’ll then need to create a career development plan, setting short-term goals to help you get there.
This article was written by the career coaching experts at Renovo.
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