It’s that time of year when tradition suggests it is time to review the last 12 months and set goals and intentions for the next 12 months and beyond.
Resolutions may not suit you, and no doubt many of you have lists of ‘unsuccessful’ resolutions made and promptly forgotten or put ‘on hold’. That said, if you’re lucky enough to have a few days off during the festive period, it can provide a chance to look at where you are career wise, and personally, and assisted by a mince pie or two, look at the options in a bit more detail.
It may well be that you’re happy where you are, although feel as though you could do with topping up your CPD file. It may be that you’ve reached the ‘itchy feet’ stage, where you feel like taking a look around, but not necessarily jumping ship unless the right opportunity arises. Of course it may be that you are determined not to stay a moment longer than you need to, and prepared to head back in after the break clutching a carefully written resignation notice (possibly not the best idea!)
Taking some time out from the day job and asking yourself a few key questions can be a great way to review where you are and where you’re going, regardless of whether or not you are looking to move to a new role. The key thing however is to be honest with yourself when answering those questions.
So to get you started, why not think about the following* in relation to your work:
What am I most proud of this year?
Where am I feeling stuck?
Am I passionate about my career?
How have I allowed fear of failure hold me back?
When did I feel most creatively inspired?
When you answer each question, then ask yourself why you gave that answer, and you will start to get much further on with your career analysis
Sometimes the answers will be obvious, and if so, the next step is to determine the necessary action to take to move things on, or update your training or whatever it may be. However if you feel that an objective input would be useful to help clarify things, or indeed help kick start your job search, it is easy to access this.
There are of course various sources where such an input can be found, and it pays to take some time to select the most appropriate for you. The Recruiter Group team handle a broad range of vacancies, clients and candidates daily, and as such have a wealth of knowledge and experience which can assist you. So, if you are serious about your career, looking to find a new post, or just want to have a chat with someone objective about where you currently are, get in touch with the professional team and book an appointment today!