Let’s just press pause for a minute. Take a breath. And
reflect on where your career is right now.
Do you love what you do? Sure there are good days and there
are bad days, but overall does your job still inspire you to get out of bed
every morning and make a difference?
Speaking of making a difference, are you? Do you feel like
you are a valued contributor? Have you been set up for success and feel like
your “Reward:Effort” ratio is working in your favour?
Can you pay the bills? And can you put a little something
away to reward yourself and your family for the long hours you put in?
Is this your IDEAL
WORKING ENVIRONMENT? If not, then what is and how do you get there?
If you could speak to yourself from 5 years ago, and provide
some pearls of wisdom regarding career planning, what would you say?
“You really need to make a plan” or “I know you’re not into
making plans, but it would be wise to speak to someone who is”.
Or maybe you did make a plan and things haven’t played out
as you suspected. But your inability to “course correct” gradually over the
years has been frustrating and sometimes stressful.
Either way you should take comfort in the fact that wherever
you are right now is exactly where you need to be to move forward. No point getting bogged down with the past.
Let’s set our sights for the future.
Career planning is often seen as a waste of time because so
many things are outside our control and things change constantly. I prefer to
think of it as less of a plan and more of a “Career Strategy”. Where the tactical
details aren’t necessarily fleshed out from the start, but are included and
modified as required along the journey.
The successful development of your Career Strategy begins
with 3 fundamental pillars.
These pillars provide the framework for your career direction, and with the
help of a trusted advisor or career coach, will lead you towards your Ideal
- 1.PASSION – What are you deeply passionate about?
- 2.PROFICIENCY – What are you really good at?
- 3.PROFITABLE – What role is going to provide for
my desired lifestyle?
Exploring these questions and more, provides a
great launching pad for the development of your Career Strategy. Partnering
with a trusted advisor to challenge you and keep you accountable to the plan
ensures that in 5 years’ time, the future you will say THANKS
Simon is a founding FlexCoach who decided to make a career out of coaching, wanting to make a larger contribution to the personal and professional
development of people working in operational roles. Connect with Simon by viewing his profile.