Pre-pandemic, most of us lived hectic day -to-day work lives with 12 -13 hour work days not being unusual when travel had been added into the equation.
However lockdown has presented many if not all of us with an invaluable opportunity to think about whether you really are happy in each aspect of your life, including your career.
So now using this time wisely and reflecting on your professional career, and importantly, how you feel about it is paramount.
Here, then, are our 8 questions to help you reflect on your long-term professional goals and aspirations:
- Are you actually Happy in your current job?
We are all guilty, from time to time, of getting wrapped up in the sheer business of life.
This, in turn, might mean we fail to ask ourselves whether we’re truly satisfied by what we’re filling our days with.
How happy are you on a scale of 1-10 with your current job? Less than 7 and it’s time to consider your future potentially.
What do you enjoy? What do you not enjoy? And What changes would enable you to enjoy your job more to bring it up to an 8 or 9 as let’s face it 10 is hard to achieve.
Is this role allowing you to take the steps needed to fulfil your long-term career aspirations?
- Is your Career giving you what you want ?
This has been an unsettling time for many of us. When challenges arise or the status quo is shaken up, so it’s only natural to reconsider what truly matters to us, and to adopt a different perspective on even the most familiar things in our lives, including our jobs.
The current uncertainty has forced you to realise what brings the most meaning to you personally, and as a result you’d like to consider progressing your career in that direction.
- What kind of Employer do you want to work for and what kind of Industry do you want to work in?
In times of crisis, the way organisations react has a huge impact on their employer brand. There are many good and bad examples at this time across the world.
Perhaps you’ve been disappointed by your current employer’s internal and external response to the pandemic or particularly impressed by that of another brand in the same sector or maybe you feel you would be happier working for a more purpose-driven organisation, one that more closely aligns with your own personal values.
- Do you want more flexibility in your Worklife ?
The current situation has almost definitely forced you to work from home full-time, possibly for the first time ever.
While some people understandably prefer the office banter with their colleagues, others enjoy the greater flexibility that they are now afforded. So If, for example, you feel that working remotely has helped you to find a better balance with your home life whilst remaining productive – or has even improved your productivity perhaps the time has come to talk to your boss about long-term flexible working options.
If that’s not possible, perhaps it’s time to look for a new job that offers regular remote working.
- Are your key skills being properly used?
Many have had to pivot their own role during the crisis and have been brought onto task forces, while others are assisting different teams with responsibilities that wouldn’t normally be part of their remit. Some of the big airlines are good examples of this.
Many have been given more autonomy and freedom to craft their roles than they’ve ever had before. and have been able developing entirely new skills.
Think about the skills you have that weren’t being properly utilised before this crisis. Is it time to craft certain new or emerging skills into your current role, or do you need to find a new job that gives you this opportunity?
- What are You really good at?
Reflect on your career to date, and try to identify any patterns in terms of your skills and passions which you can now build upon going forward.
Maybe now is the time to move your current role in a direction that takes these natural strengths into account, or to look for another job that is a better match for such skills? You might have even noticed, during the crisis itself, that you have been able to quickly adapt to change and become more agile in your working.
- What areas need improving in your Skills?
This time may have also led you to realise that your skill set is deficient in certain areas. So make a note of what skills you have because you can’t plug these gaps until you know what they are.
If there are certain roles that you aspire to move into, for which you will require skills you don’t yet have? How can you get them?
If you need to upskill and let’s face it , we all do, or if you want to complete refresher courses we suggest you look into the online and virtual courses, events, conferences and webinars that could enable you to develop these skills remotely.. Bear in mind that after this crisis, some teams and even jobs might look quite different as our recent article indicated. It’s therefore important for you to reflect and ensure you have the skills you will need to stay relevant.
- Do you need to rewrite your Career Goals and Your CV?
Much of the significant change that the pandemic has brought to our workplaces, is likely to be lasting and permanent to an extent. This knowledge, along with your career self-reflection, may have led you to realise how out-of-date your previous long-term career plan has become.
Indeed, even pre-pandemic, a five-year career plan can easily become irrelevant and must be continuously refined and referred to.
If you need to revise your career plan, this is the perfect time to do so. Check out are Career Development plan here
Our career checklist can also help you strategically plan and define your goals to ensure you are moving in the right direction towards your ultimate career ambitions.
Once the lockdown period is over, it’s important not to presume that every aspect of your professional life will return to how it was before. We all need to learn lessons from this crisis, one of which is the importance of regular self-reflection. So, post-crisis, carve out time to regularly reflect on your career so that you make the right decisions moving forward and commit to making this a habit.
Can We Help ?
Hopefully, we can with our market knowledge even if its simply pointing you in a different direction.
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