Reached a professional plateau? When it’s time for a change, it’s time to take stock.
Career change used to seem impossible but in growth economies, such as the UAE where employment opportunity is ripe, the scope for change is far greater than before. However, successfully switching career is no mean feat and should not be entered lightly. Three industry experts pose their top questions for consideration before you take the leap.
1. What is currently not working?
“For a lot of people it’s not actually what they are doing which is the problem,” explains Evelyn Cotter, founder of London-based Seven Career Coaching. Cotter goes on to explain that when someone has had a successful career, a desire to change will normally come from a shift in perspective or priority, rather than a dislike of core responsibilities. In this case the answer may be to change environments instead of the role. It is important to take a critical and in depth assessment of what it is about your current situation that you don’t enjoy and reasons for change. Areas to consider might be the people, nature of the business or the way that you are working.
2. What are my core values?
“Our core values are the driving principles for our lives”, states Cotter. Taking time to understand your internal ethics and seeing how they match up with your current role or company can shed light on how to change. Begin to ask yourself questions such as, what is most important to me? Who do I admire and why? Cotter suggests listing your top five dream companies and analyzing them to see if there is a pattern or trend. For example, you may notice that each company drives innovation or encourages internal progression. Once you have mapped out your core values and the values you seek in an organization, separate them into negotiable and non-negotiable to understand which areas are a must. You may discover, for instance, that location is non-negotiable but salary is.
3. What do I do when I procrastinate?
If you are struggling to identify your passion, as a large number of people do, look at how you spend your time when you are avoiding doing work, suggests Fatima Nakhjavanpur, Executive & Leadership Development Coach at Dubai-based Choice HR Consultancy. “The things that you do when you procrastinate are your passion,” suggests the coach. For instance, meeting people, browsing food blogs or visiting art galleries. Whatever field you want to enter must involve elements of that passion. It might not be as simple as music equals finding a job in the music industry, but scrutinizing what it is you enjoy may identify an industry or passion you have previously overlooked.
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