When it comes to our careers, it can be easy to get lost in the day-to-day of our jobs and tasks and we lose sight of the bigger picture. That’s why it’s important to regularly check in with yourself and evaluate your career strategy.
Ask yourself whether your current career path aligns with your current priorities and long-term goals. If not, it may be time to reassess and make adjustments. Change is inevitable. You must check in with yourself when your priorities change. Priorities are individual and related to how and where you wish to spend your time and energy. Your priorities should be supported by your goals, which can include working remotely, on-site or prioritizing growth opportunities over the top salary. Think of your goals as the steps in the onboarding process that create an employee experience. It’s also important to regularly review your progress, and celebrate your accomplishments(no matter how small!). Remember to be adaptable and take initiative.
Staying current with industry changes is another aspect to think about. We can do this by attending conferences, networking, and learning new skills. The reality is, none of us have enough time to do all of these things. Our jobs and personal lives are all that we have space for sometimes and that is 100% acceptable. Please prioritize yourself and do what is best for your life. If you’re short on time or energy, subscribe to a few email newsletters, skim the headlines, and follow businesses or thought leaders on LinkedIn so that when you have a moment to scroll the feed on your phone or desktop the platform will show you content relevant to you.
Move at the pace and volume that works for you, and your situation as long as you’re moving forward towards your goals. If you need help understanding how to impact your results, talk to a qualified career coach who can help you create a personalized plan.
Every quarter, or at least twice a year, check in on your career plan and the alignment of your strategy, priorities, and goals. Add a repeating event on your calendar as a reminder to check in and save notes of any changes to your priorities and goals as often as you need to. Update your priorities, goals, and plans to make sure they support your life and your productivity aligns with it. If you’re early in your career, making a transition, or have a clear long-term vision, start with your priorities and plan for the life you want to live.
Ask yourself if your priorities have changed. If yes, what are they now and will the next step in your career support your priorities? If you’re in a situation where you’re not sure what you want but are aware that something needs to change, make note of what you do not want. A list of things to eliminate or avoid can be as useful to your process.
Do you have a good stress management strategy? These check-ins give you a chance to take a break from your everyday stresses and consider your situation more objectively. Can you reduce or get rid of your main sources of stress? Is there a workflow or communication solution that can assist you in improving how you handle your work-related stress? Have you taken the initiative, voiced your concerns, and presented a case for your career growth if your employer has not offered it? If your current employer does not support your proposal, you can use it to find a new job. Find a qualified career coach with this area of expertise to help you with this.
There are two main strategies for your career.
You want a change and need to understand your options
You have a target, long-term goal and need to map how to get there
To effectively navigate your career, organize your operations, understand your limits, and consider factors like remote work, compensation, industry, and growth paths. Determine your logistics and constraints, such as earning requirements, onsite/remote/hybrid roles, and funding stages if you want to work at a startup. Use LinkedIn and professional networks to find examples and compare career paths.
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Kelly is a career manager, relocation coach, and global talent acquisition and recruiting leader. She is the founder of Allora Collective, a team of coaches that helps people navigate the job search process, career pivots, and managing relocations. She helps her clients make career changes and relocations.
Kelly developed scalable talent acquisition programs and created job search programs for Booking.com, the NFL, and General Assembly. She also works with teams to improve their hiring programs and the quality of the experience for candidates and hiring teams.
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