Are you heading towards the Christmas holiday period clinging to sweet relief that you will soon be on leave from work? But then what? You take a short break while your office is closed and then drag your sorry self back into the work come January. Perhaps a career change is on the cards. If you think that that may be an option for you, here are five tips to prepare you for a new career in the New Year.
Know what you want
BRAINSTORM! What is it that has made you unhappy in your current position? Is it the culture? Do you feel undervalued? Is it the hours? Identify what you don’t like in your current position and eliminate these characteristics from your job search.
Then, ask yourself: if you could have any career, what would it be? Seeking out a Careers Specialist may help. From here pick apart what is appealing about these careers or positions and use these aspects as the basis for you job search. All of these tasks are geared towards understanding your wants and needs as an employee. Job seeking without an understanding of your wants and needs can land you in a position that is unsuitable, which in turn can leave you feeling detached from your work, team and the organisation. So remember to keep your values and priorities central to your job search.
If you’re feeling stuck in your career, find one aspect you can change. This may be finding a mentor, someone you can draw inspiration from, whose career achievement and work you regard. Or it may be sitting down for a coffee with someone you admire, enrolling in a course or getting a coach. Do something that will provide you with insight into what drives people in their life and in their career.
In turn this will lead you to contemplate what drives you, understanding this and using it to your advantage will allow you to lead a happier more fulfilled life.
Sometimes we are aware of things that are not said and choose to ignore them at our own detriment. If 70% of communication is nonverbal, what should you be paying attention to that will give you clues as to what you are missing that is causing you to feel the way you do about your role? Other times we can be oblivious to what is going on around us. One suggestion is to imagine you are a fly on the wall and consider what else is going on from another perspective? For example, are you a passive employee, or is there a lack of engagement within your workplace. This will allow you to understand whether or not there is anything that can be done on your part to solve the issue.
If something isn’t working, ask yourself why? It could be that you are the reason you find your work environment unpleasant. Consider what needs to change in order to resolve this. This may require you relinquishing the need to be right or relying on everything to operating according to plan for example. Often these types of behaviours can be difficult to break if you are not aware of the effects they are having on your surrounding environment. Reflecting on the impact this behaviour is having on your work and work relationships will allow you to determine how willing you are to let go of habitual patterns in order for things to line up the way you had imagined them. If you think you may struggle with changing your habitual patterns but it is something that needs to be addressed, start with something you consider easier to be flexible with.
Believing is seeing
What you believe about yourself and your place in the world of work is expressed in your choices and actions. Whatever you want to achieve or see happen, you need to believe it can happen and that you are worth it. It is often said that we are our own worst enemy, and this is even
more true when it comes to identifying our strengths and weaknesses. If you are unable to see your achievements, talents and skills, how can you expect anyone else to notice these?
If you are contemplating a career change and believe you could benefit from careers coaching, why not contact the team at Harvest Human Resources on 1300 363 128 or visit www.harvesthr.com.au to point you in the right direction.
Blog written by Meredith Telfer, Employee Engagement Consultant and Careers Specialist.