What next with my career?
What do you want to do with your career? If this question scares you, just relax, everyone has to find the answer at some point and whatever decision you make just needs to be right for now.
If you’re consistently drawing a blank though, you might want to ask yourself the following questions.
What can I already do?
Get a strong understanding of what your strengths, skills and preferences are as they will definitely inform the roles you should be going for.
The best way to do this is to reflect on your past experiences; figure out what you’re good at and what energised you. Then identify your top 5-10 skills and strengths.
What do other people see in me?
Request feedback from someone you trust, whether that’s family, friends or colleagues.
Asking them where they think you excel can not only give you an inspiration and confidence boost, it could also open your mind to new possibilities.
What’s important to me?
Then ask yourself what you want out of your career. This isn’t just about pay and perks, consider your values, motivations and priorities and how you’d like to see those reflected in your job.
Make a list of 3-5 must haves.
What new experiences do you want?
Keep in mind your strengths, skills and career drivers and start looking for opportunities that interest you.
If you’re looking at a new or different area of work, temping and volunteering can help you get a better sense of a certain career or sector, even for a short period of time. Active reflection is key: ask yourself every day what’s working and what’s not.
The more questions you ask yourself, the more reflection you do and the more first-hand experience you gain, the easier it will be for you to make an informed career decision.
Don’t doubt yourself or hesitate to try new things; it’s a learning process after all.