As we roll into autumn, it’s time to start getting ready for the colder, darker days ahead, preparing both our homes and ourselves.
There’s no better time than now to self-reflect on the accomplishments of this year. It is also the perfect opportunity to begin spending some time considering about what you’d like to achieve in your career in 2024 and beyond.
So, wherever you are on that path, here’s some quick and practical advice to help you make a move:
Really think long and hard about what’s important to you at this moment.
What would you have if you could choose? What is it that you need? Flexibility? A pay rise? A more fulfilling job? Do you need to work from home 3 days a week or do you prefer being in the company of others? Deciphering this is the first thing to do. It seems obvious, but what do you like about your current job and what do you dislike? A pros and cons list of your current role may be a really helpful exercise to do. And help you think more clearly about what it is you do want and how you can get there. Assessing your interests and priorities will help start the process of finding something new in a really productive way.
Learn some new skills if you think you need to… Ask yourself how you might apply your skills or strengths to potential new roles. Where would your learning gaps be? How might you start to address that now?
If you’ve not got a job right now, it means you’ve likely got a bit more time on your hands. You might want to apply your skills to a different sector, like the Professional Services sector, in which case you may need to do some homework around this. Additional knowledge = power, and this will always help open new doors.
Work for free. Are you mad I hear you cry? New experiences and knowledge gained from volunteering and charity work costs nothing (along with making you feel really good). Online courses are a more cost-effective way to train should you be watching the pennies, free webinars are also a-plenty online, so have a look and see what you can find.
Utilise your existing network – all those wonderfully experienced people you’ve met in your working life can offer help and give useful advice – sometimes all you have to do is ask. If you know of someone in a position or firm that interests you, why not reach out and ask for a coffee and a chat? It may well help you navigate your next move.
Have a chat with an expert. We can help you. If you know what role you’re after, get in touch. If you just need some advice, and aren’t ready to look for anything just yet, that’s ok too. That’s what we do. We’ve been doing it for a long time, and we do it well. No pressure from us about making a move, we will offer you unbiased advice and help you navigate your career development, whether it’s help with updating your CV, interview coaching or just a chat about being open to the right role when it comes along, even if you’re not actively looking.