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How to Get Your Career Back on Track for 2018

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

If you came back to work earlier this month feeling disenchanted and thinking to yourself, “this again!?” it might be worth taking some time to reflect on your career. 

At first, it can be hard to tell whether you’re facing a temporary low at work or an actual career crisis. That’s why, it will always pay off to ask yourself a couple of eye-opening questions that might highlight several issues that need addressing first before you decide to hand in your notice.

We’ve put this article together to aid you in identifying whether it’s time for you to ask for more responsibilities or move your career on. Here are five questions to ask yourself to help you get your career back on track for 2018.

Do I Still Enjoy My Work?

It’s simple but enjoying your job is important. If you work for the entirety of your adult life, you’ll spend an incredible 92,120 hours, or 35% of your time awake, at work. Depressing, I know, but that’s the point. If you’re going to spend that much of your precious time working, then you should enjoy whatever it is you decide to do.

Am I Still Learning?

Heart-rending statistics aside, your professional development is another crucial aspect of your job. Learning new skills, technologies or methods of working and collaborating will help you to provide more value to your work and employer. It will also help you to grow your career, whether it’s specialising further in your field or changing career paths altogether. At the rate the world around us is changing, if you’re stagnating in your current role it won’t take long before your existing skills and competencies become irrelevant. 

Am I Using Most of My Skills?

Whether you’ve recently finished a new qualification or course, or you’re quite far into your career and developed considerable expertise in your vocation, if you’re not using most of your skills, you could face similar issues explained above. Not reaching your full potential can leave you feeling undervalued. In addition, if you have hard-to-find skills that aren’t being put to good use, there might be several other companies that could be willing to pay a premium for them instead.

Is My Organisation Doing Well?

This is a question that many people overlook. The recent news of Construction Group, Carillion’s near-collapse highlights that no company is truly safe. Should your company go out of business, you could quickly find yourself out of pocket and out of a job. If you’ve faced the above issues when this happens, finding a good job quickly can be considerably harder. In any case, paying close attention to the how well your business is performing can make a huge difference to your career. If you notice your business is spiralling downward, you’ll have plenty of time to make a career move. However, if you recognise that your business is growing, you might be in a position to ask for a new opportunity before anyone else.

Is it Time for a Reality Check?

If you’ve answered no to any of the above questions, then it could be time to review your options, but immediately launching into a new job search might not always be the right answer. In many cases, asking your current employer for more responsibilities or championing to help shape a better working environment for all can often be enough to help solve some these issues. However, whatever you decide to do, taking the proper time to consider what could be behind any problem can ensure you make the right call. If you come to the conclusion that it is time to move your career on, don’t hesitate. You only get one professional life and it’s up to you to make the most of it. 

Closing Thoughts

If you feel like you’re in the wrong job or you’re not completely valued, don’t waste the rest of the year hoping it gets better. As New Zealand’s leading Accounting & Finance, Business & Executive Support and Corporate Services specialist recruitment agency, we take the time to get to you know, your skills, and your career aspirations to ensure the next job is the perfect fit. Interested? Get in touch with one of our great Recruitment Consultants to learn more.

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