Actively Seek Answers
Begin your career review by looking
inward, but also seek additional
An exploration of your career options begins by learning certain key facts - about yourself and about the workplace. Look inward, but also seek additional perspectives by speaking with others. Both approaches can help you focus on what really matters to you.
- Career Aspirations - What are your short and long-term career goals? Can they be achieved in your current organisation? If so, what should your career plan look like to attain them?
- Strengths and Weaknesses - Seek honest feedback. Where can you improve? Do your skills mesh with your career goals? How do superiors view your potential? Can you point to concrete achievements? What is missing?
- Personal Values - No career planning process is complete without knowing your preference for a company's culture, including their work/life balance. How much personal time do you require at your stage of life? If having time for life outside of work is a priority, make sure it is possible.
- Your Current Position - Evaluate your feelings about your present career. Are you where you want to be? Is it rewarding? If it is unsatisfying, or disrupting your career development, find a safe venue to vent negative emotions so you can set some new goals in a positive frame of mind.
- Options Outside of the Business - Have you thought about career options in a new industry? What does the wider labour market look like? Which sectors are hiring?
- Getting Ahead - Do you need ideas to raise your profile at work? Do key players know of your worth? If advancing on the job is impractical, you may have to consider a new career choice.
- Look Before You Leap - Know the pros and cons of the choices you make. Before you start your journey, understand why you want to reach your destination, what it takes to get there, and what to expect once you arrive.