“Where do you see yourself in five years time?” This question can send ripples of fear through professionals worldwide. While many of us are determined to succeed, the direction that we take is less obvious. Would you get up in the morning, get into your car and drive without knowing your destination? The same rationale can be applied to your career.
Having worked with professionals across a wide variety of industries, we have found that the most successful among us have one common trait – direction. Knowing where you want your career to go will focus your efforts, giving your work a purpose. Each task becomes a stepping-stone as you inch closer and closer to your next goal. We live in a world of endless possibilities and deciding where you want your career to go can be next to impossible. While we can’t tell you what your next career step should be, we can give you some handy tips to help you take control of your career.
Just because you work in a particular industry, you are not restricted to working in that sector for the rest of your life. Many people switch industries or change their careers completely. People who do this have made a decision to work at something they love. It’s a brave step to take but the rewards greatly outweigh the risk.
Take time to build and expand your network. The more people that you know, the more doors that will be open to you. LinkedIn is an ideal platform to do this. Join groups relevant to your industry and offer your opinion, share your experience. If you prefer meeting people face-to-face, you won’t have to look far. Here in Limerick for example, the Chamber of Commerce run events to share knowledge and expertise. Network Limerick also runs events for women monthly, allowing you to meet with like-minded professionals.
A common issue in the workplace is what we call ‘professional complacency’. While companies give many perks to attract top talent, many professionals assume that their company will also be responsible for their professional development. This is not the case. Many businesses will certainly provide opportunities for your professional development; however the ultimate responsibility for your development is in your own hands. Don’t wait for the opportunities to find you. If you want to up skill, discuss it with your line manager or HR representative. If you don’t ask, you won’t receive.
Talk to someone in the know. Here at Harmonics, we love to hear from people who are looking to take the next step in their careers, whether it’s within the same industry or something completely different. Feel free to get in touch at any stage and we can chat through your options and see if any of our open roles could be your next step. Get in touch here.
Taking control of your career sounds daunting, but by taking it one step at a time, it’s easily done and you won’t look back. If you’d like to take the first step, get in touch and we’ll help you on your way.
Until next time,
The Harmonics Recruitment Team
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