Maybe you’ve been made redundant?
Or feeling you need to change your job/career focus to find your mojo again and feel more satisfied at work?
Or had a career break for personal reasons?
Other situation, bringing you back into the jobs market
It can be bewildering, going online and seeing the sheer number of websites, blogs, social media groups, agencies, jobs boards, employers etc etc. Especially if you’re wondering:
- What am I looking for anyway?
- How does it all work now? Am I doing this right?
- I feel like an imposter; who’s going to employ me?
- Should I send off loads of applications and let the law of averages get me interviews?
- Should I…..?
The good news is that these questions are very usual and understandable.
And managing a positive career is a set of skills that you probably already have, though perhaps haven’t seen them as skills.
Here they are; Six strategies to manage your career, as set out by my professional body, the Career Development Institute.
With a trained career practitioner, or by yourself or with family or friends (best if they try hard to stay impartial!) you can regularly review where you’re at with these six aspects of managing your career.
How will using these 6 strategies help? Here are my top 3 ways they help:
- It makes you the project manager of your career, being prepared and having thought-through career-responses to the ups and downs of organisations, markets and life. Putting your personal career needs first, making sure you can talk about your motivations, strengths, values, skills, aspirations as your own career manager. Giving your career more resilience, flexibility and satisfaction levels in a changing environment. Increasing the likelihood of having roles that you care about as you go through your working life. Maintaining self-confidence and resilience.
- It enables you to track and adapt your career across your life-stages, taking changes into account, such as new/reduced responsibilities for kids, extended family needs, changing personal priorities around career growth, income needs, roles, work-life balance, health changes and so on.
- It enables you to intentionally plug into inclusive career support networks of people and organisations, so that you are growing and adapting your skills and experience with the assistance of a range of others. Especially if you feel you are facing some potential barriers in the market, where discrimination exists. Most people with a positive career maintain their career development within a supportive inclusive network, rather than alone.
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