Have you found yourself daydreaming recently about working in a new job or role or if the company you’re in is the one you want/need to be in? If so, you’re in the right place. If you’ve never asked any of these questions, you’re also in the right place because now is a great time to start.
In our work with candidates at all stages of their careers, we have found that many of the people we interview are pursuing growth opportunities in their next role and yet don’t have a firm idea of where their career is headed. Taking time to annually evaluate where your career is headed, is a helpful way to ensure you are choosing the kind of jobs and living the life you want to be living, rather than letting it happen to you. Having a plan and a vision set before you for your career will exponentially increase your likelihood of achieving the goals you want to achieve.
We want to remove the common feelings of anxiety or dread that often come with the term ‘career planning’. With a few simple questions and suggestions, we’ll have you planning your career and taking the reins of your future as you head into the new decade with confidence. So let’s take a look at some of the key factors in making decisions about where to move in your career:
Establish your personal philosophy
No one can perfectly predict the future and foresee exactly where their career is headed and each step it will take for them to get there. The goal in career planning is not to plan every detail to ensure you don’t miss a beat but creating parameters and guidelines that direct you in the path you are wanting to take. Deciding on your personal philosophy in terms of relationships, work culture, personal and professional goals and experience, will help you to say no to the wrong jobs and yes to the right ones; you need to be taking a job for a real reason.
Start from the end
After determining your philosophy, start from the endpoint. Ask the question, “At the end of my career, where would I like to be retiring from?” The answer could include the type of company, the team culture, the type of role and for how long you would like to have been in that role. This will enable you to begin to develop a loose timeline around what you will need and when, to get to that place.
Evaluate your resume
Now you have an idea of where you want to be heading, look at your resume and evaluate what needs to be on it. What roles will enhance the opportunities you’re looking for in the future and are there any skills you need that you do not currently have that you could grow at this stage of your career? Do you need management experience? Could you be expanding your networks? What salary do you want to be on? Do you want to be at a different company or try a new industry? Your next career move needs to happen with intentionality and be built around the things that matter to you.
Take an honest look at your current role
Finally, there’s the question of your current role. Great questions to ask are, “Have I reached as far as I can in this role or is there room for growth and development? If there is room, am I actively pursuing it?”
If you need support in thinking about the path your career is on, we encourage you to reach out to Abacus Human Capital for a discussion around effective career planning. Steven Lane has over 15 years of experience in the industry, understanding how careers are planned successfully – and some of the common pitfalls that arise. Additionally, submit your resume to us HERE.