What’s the next step in your career?
Are you wondering about what you want to do for the rest of your life? To find out the answer, you should look to your current role. Is it a satisfying one that resonates with your personality? And what if your situation changes tomorrow? Do you have a plan to tie you over in case you’d want to try another role?
Think about the first thing that comes to mind when you wake up. Do you feel excited to do the things you normally do at work? Or has it become too routine for your taste? Perhaps you are so familiar with your tasks, you are no longer challenged and yearn to widen the scope of your professional capabilities.
If you find yourself at a crossroads and ready to explore other opportunities. There are some things to consider in deciding the next steps of your career:
- What are your strengths?
Perhaps you have given your best but still fall short. There are times that you just are not in the right “fit” with the team or the culture. As the saying goes: a fish cannot thrive in the sky, in the same way, that a bird cannot swim. You should plant yourself in fertile soil to flourish. Do what you love – it should speak to who you are. You know yourself best and what you have to offer. Develop your unique set of skills and talents and pursue a role that makes good use of them.
- What do you like about your current role?
What attracted you to your current role in the first place? What was your motivation for applying to it? Figure out what really matters to you – are you motivated by career growth, financial stability, leadership? If you know what you like, then it is easy to determine what you do not like. Where you are clear about the things you would like to do, you can identify the role that suits you best.
- Turn your dream into a reality
Once you’ve identified what you want to do and what you are good at. It’s time to envision yourself in a company and role that best understands your career goals. You should do your due diligence and read about companies and their career opportunities to see if they align with your own. Check the job description and compare your skill set with the role’s requirements and qualifications.
More importantly, take the time to breathe and relax. Take things one step at a time. And remember that at whatever point you are in your career, you can always work to make it better and move forward.
At the end of the day, it’s not your job the defines you. It’s what you do to make the best of what you have that really makes you stand out as a candidate or employee.