We spend a large part of our adult life at work and, with the retirement age rising, many of us will either choose or have to work well into our 60s and beyond. So, making sure you’re happy, fulfilled and satisfied at work is a big deal.
Furthermore, today’s world of work is ever changing, with technology and globalisation having a huge impact on the shape of companies and the careers they can offer. ‘Jobs for life’ are now largely a thing of the past and the traditional ‘career ladder’ has changed beyond recognition. Navigating this fast changing world isn’t always easy.
Most people only receive careers advice and help when they’re at school or university. This usually involves a quick session to discuss your hopes and aims for the future and then perhaps some guidance on what’s needed to achieve these. But what happens once you’ve joined the world of work? How can you get help and advice to make sure your career is going in the right direction? Some companies and firms are great at offering career development opportunities, others less so. In reality, the only person who really ‘owns’ your career development, is you.
Here’s how working with a career coach could help:
There will be key moments during your career where a single decision can have a big impact on your future. Whether to stay or go, to accept a promotion or a side-ways move, to change professions or gain further qualifications. The answer isn’t always a simple one. While it might seem logical to take a promotion, it may not necessarily be the right thing for you. You may be thinking about a move to a new role. But is the grass always greener?
Working with a professional career coach can help you assess all your different options and make the right decision for you.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the here and now, going through the motions on a day-to-day basis. Work, eat, sleep. Repeat.
All the while, there could be something gnawing away at you. Your efforts not being rewarded or recognised. Feeling that your line manager treats you unfairly, or that the culture of an organisation clashes with your values. There could be any number of reasons why you’re wondering if you’re in the right place.
In these situations, it’s important to think carefully before making any rash decisions. What can you change and what’s out of your control? If there are things you can do, what’s the best way to make them happen? If you’re thinking about leaving, what are your options? All of this can be difficult to figure out when the ‘day job’ seems all consuming.
Career coaching sessions give you dedicated time to step back from the day-to-day and consider your career path.
A career isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. We’re living longer and our working life is reflecting this. If you want your career to last, then you need a plan. Consider your skills and competencies. Are they up to date? Is there a danger that your skills could become obsolete? You should always seek to future proof your skillset. By doing this, you will future proof your career.
Similarly, never stop networking. As you reach key moments in your career, your network will be able to help you make the right decisions and find new opportunities.
This article was written by the career coaching experts at Chiumento.
A career coach can help you plan and take the steps needed to future-proof your career.