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That Career Direction You've Been Thinking About . . . . 

"If you don't make your mind up soon, you'll end up where you are going."  - Irwin Corey

In the course of my work, I regularly (more often than you might think) meet with individuals who are obviously not happy with their jobs, can’t see the forest for the trees, feel like they are being sucked into the mire, are sick of the organisational politics, are going through the motions each day, can’t remember what attracted them to the job in the first place, etc., etc.  I’m sure that you have seen friends and colleagues in the same boat.  Maybe this even applies to you right now.

For the most part, and not in every case, those who decide to do something and take charge of their career often comment: “I don’t know why I didn’t do this a long time ago.”

So, what is getting in the way of dealing with this issue in a more timely way?

Over the course of the next two blogs, I am going to focus on this important area from two perspectives.  In this edition, I am going to talk about some of the larger concepts surrounding you taking charge of your career and, in the next edition, I will provide you with a series of questions that you might find useful in guiding you through this important time.

Give time to yourself, you are that important and you devote much of your time to work and your career.

Pay attention, recognise that there is something amiss or out of synch.  Many of us turn up for work each day, go through the motions, and then head home again dissatisfied and not firing on all cylinders, but we never realise or acknowledge that something needs to be done.

Identify what it is that you want from a job, a career and an organisation and write it all down or it will remain a jumble in your attic.

Be curious about yourself, your feelings, your moods, keep a journal.  Understanding who you really are and what is going on at the moment is vital to your next move.

Decide to do something, or nothing.  “Yesterday’s history, tomorrow’s a mystery, and today is a gift – that’s why we call it the present.” (author unknown).  If you choose to do nothing, you cannot complain anymore about your lot in life – you have made your decision.  If you choose to do something, then do it.  Don’t procrastinate.  If you do, it is probably an indication that you aren’t sure about moving.  Take charge of the rudder, rather than being blown about in the wind.

Don’t talk to too many people.  Talk to people who you know will give you a fearless opinion.  Going opinion fishing by talking to a lot of people is really just searching for someone to give you the answer that you want and that you already have in your mind.  You seek comfort in the confirmation of your intentions but you risk getting confused by different perspectives and advice.

Make searching for a job your new job.  Have a plan.  Are you changing jobs, or switching careers?  Don’t expect opportunities to fall into your lap.  Create activity – that creates opportunity and things start to happen.

Stay in your current job while you search for a new one.  It’s easier to get a job when you have a job.  A desperate vibe becomes evident to others when you have nothing to fall back on, and your negotiating position is weak.

Get busy.  Get your CV in order and tap the network, or start networking.  If you find networking difficult, understand those times when you are at your best and just do it.

Persist, persist, persist.  You might have decided to leave your current job, but your next opportunity might not be ready for you just yet.  Be positive – your new organisation is out there waiting for you.  All you have to do is go and find it.

Don’t be seduced by early success but, at the same time, don’t overlook the possibility that good luck has found you.  It’s too easy to take the first thing on offer when you should be objective and unemotional about the offer. 

Make your decisionGrab it with gusto and leave with class.  Don’t burn bridges that are important to you but don’t waste your time on issues that are un-deserving of your attention.

Reflect on yourself, the process and enjoy the moment.

 All the best

Reader Comments (1)

I found this extremely interesting and stimulating, have been in a new job just over a year and still need to sort out what I want from it, this and the next post will be of great use,



March 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Wilson

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