Seven key actions to re-charge your career
Career coach and psychotherapist Jude Goddard says re-charging your career is about connecting with your ambition and becoming who you really are and connecting with your sense of self.
The retirement age has shifted twice over the last five years, which means a lot of people will need to work longer than they had previously envisaged. The workplace has become less certain and the job for life belongs to the past so it’s important for all of us to grow and change through life, changing our priorities and often occupations during our careers.
It’s not just about the world of work changing, a career that suited us when we were twenty may not be the career that suits us when we are say, forty of fifty. The portfolio career has become the norm.
Jude herself has had many careers, starting out as a probation worker before becoming a sociology lecturer an NHS Director, a psychotherapist, mediator until now an OD expert and professional coach. This has also included moving from being employed to being self employed, something that many of her clients aspire to.
Seven Steps to Success
Jude shares a step-by-step guide to enable you to explore the process of finding work that is rewarding and that rewards you! These steps may individual steps may have more or less importance depending if you are making radical changes to your world of work or just making adjustments to your current career path. Whatever you do remember it is you, and only you, who can create the world you desire.
Step 1 Undertake a skills & knowledge, values and drivers self-assessment
Ask yourself, what are you good at, what do you like doing, what won’t you do, where do your preferences lie? Some people pay a fortune to find this out through subscribing to a course; others choose to buy simple self-help books whilst others turn to a coach. Consider, do you feel you can do this on your own or need to talk to someone else to fully appreciate what you know, what you can do and what you want to do.
Step 2 Make a list of everybody you know.
The list can work in 2 important ways. Firstly your list of people can give you valuable feedback on your skills and strengths, and, secondly your list of people may be able to open doors or point you in a direction where opportunities may lie. Many successful people achieve their goals because of their networking skills. Ask yourself if this is this something you can improve?
Step 3 Create an action plan
Create a plan for future work identifying where you want to be and how to get there, as well as a life plan that charts your priorities and lists what you want to achieve over the next say 5 years. Keep them both in a safe place and review and refresh them as and when you feel like it’s the right thing to do.
Step 4 Decide where you are going
Look at the options to get you there. Don’t rule anything out. Depending on your time, budget and appetite, do some voluntary work, explore work shadowing, it might even be as easy as moving department to get different experience, build your networks, go to different events related to work.
Step 5 Visualize your self in your new role
Imagine your new role and begin to talk more about it. As Deepak Chopra says, give it intention and attention. Ask your self what would it be like to feel doing this new job? Walk the walk, act as if you have achieved your goals already and believe.
Step 6 Get digital savvy
Although this is not for everybody and yes I know its difficult for some to do, but remember that most of us are goggled when we apply for a new job, or even before we meet somebody. Also, for many people who are in the later stages of their career, the digital world didn’t exist when they were getting started, so it isn’t entirely natural to them.
It’s important to spend using platforms like Linkedin, Twitter and, if possible, develop a simple website. It takes time to build this up but is well worth the effort and is a solid investment of your time and (a small amount) of your money.
Step 7 Preparation, preparation, preparation
The best way to succeed at interview is to practice and prepare with a raft of techniques and tools, with a friend or with a professional coach. Some people ask me if they need to prepare for meetings and interviews and I ask them if they think the professional performers on TV and theatre prepare and practice, well of course they do people say. The most oft repeated mantra for sports people is practice, practice and practice again. It is only when the skill is fully integrated into the unconscious can it be truly employed with freedom and potency.
Jude spends a lot of my time with clients enabling them to shine at interview and she has a success rate she is proud of. If you need assistance with ant of the actions outlined above, Jude can help you prepare and shine for interview and enable you to make that important career changes you have been looking for.