We know we need to deliver value in the eyes of our stakeholders: our boss, team, colleagues, customers, shareholders and others who have influence over our work and career.
Are you doing the same for yourself?
- Is your role giving you a sense of satisfaction and is it contributing to your longer-term goals?
- Is what you do consistent with what you most value? What have been highlights over the last 12 months?
- What would you like like to have as highlights over the next 12 months?
It may be time to take a career audit
A Career Audit enables you to take stock of how things are currently, how you would like things to be, and the degree to which you are taking responsibility for managing your career. You can do this by answering the questions that follow:
- Are you where you want to be professionally at this point in your career? How do you know?
- How would you describe the career pathway that you are on?
- Do you have a purpose and / or some particular indicators that guide you?
- Are you playing and leveraging off your strengths?
- Does your work give you space to fulfil important goals in the whole of your life?
- Out of 10, give yourself a rating for how confident you feel about your answers to questions 1 to 5.
- What are three possible future roles you would like to be a credible candidate for?
- How would you describe your target market?
- What are your development needs?
- Do you know your strengths and potential vulnerabilities?
- Is your current role and organisation helping you travel in the right direction?
- Do you have the respect of your manager and other influencers in your workplace?
- Is your rapport with your manager conducive to getting the development and exposure you need for your ongoing career?
- Can you articulate your longer-term career strategy?
- Do you have professional and personal goals for a specified time period that you regularly review against your achievements?
- Is your CV/Resume up to date? Does it clearly describe your value and the value you have added to the organisations where you have worked?
- Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Does it highlight experiences and achievements that differentiate you from others?
- If you reviewed your CV/Resume right now, is there at least one notable accomplishment you have added in the last 6 months?
- Do you network with friends and contacts pertinent to your career context at least once per month?
To grow and develop in your career it’s vital that you:
- • Cultivate a mindset of lifelong learning and change – a ‘growth mindset’*
- • Hone your capacity and skills to self-reflect and reinvigorate your goals in your life and work
- • Are prepared to try out and experiment in ways that generate fresh insights and possibilities.
*Psychologist Carol Dweck coined the terms ‘growth mindset’ and ‘fixed mindset’. If you are adopting a growth mindset, you see your role as a place for growth and learning; if you are adopting a fixed mindset, you see your role as a place to show how skilled and capable you are.
If you would like professional help in deciding on ways to reinvigorate your career in 2018, do give us a call and book 3 career coaching sessions with coach and career consultant Janne Belton.
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