A potent mix of specialised skills, attitude change and some careful planning – experts share the secrets to launching a career of your dreams.
It’s no secret that how we work is changing – think more flexibility and remote connectivity. Yet most of us are still unprepared for what it means for us because we’re still encouraged to think of our careers as entering a workforce and exploring a few roles in search of something that keeps us happy until retirement.
Experts advise that it is important to look at the future of one’s career as completely fluid and adaptive; you need to get comfortable being able to shift, shape and reinvent it at multiple stages throughout your life. So, ask yourself…
WHAT: Assess your career in order to determine whether you are in a rut or holding on to an outdated, unrealistic view of it.
Nigel Nolan, Managing Consultant at career advisory service Sandbox Advisors says that a person should examine their current job and their career goals every two to three years. “The world of work is constantly changing, and the skills, qualifications and experience in demand today may not be important in two years’ time.” With automation, optimisation and technology starting to increasingly drive industry, it has a direct impact on every career, therefore it is important to verify that, says Nigel, “your career plan, career roadmap and career development plan are all still valid for the foreseeable future”.
This, he says, will challenge you to think along the lines of what may need to shift and what to do more or less of for a successful, sustainable and rewarding career.
WHY: Identify the purpose behind your need to switch jobs. Look at what may be holding you back from making certain career choices.
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