Work Files: What Direction is Your Career Going In?

The best thing about starting a new year is the motivation you find to start making changes to improve your life. One place where most people like to start (besides finances) is their careers. If you’re not happy in your current field or workplace, now is the time to start thinking about where you want to be in the next three to five years. Whether you want to follow your dream of becoming a hairdresser or become an IT expert, there are plenty of resources available in this digital age such as guidance on the md-101 exam that would help you to become an expert in desktop management. So, you could change into pretty much any career you like. Are you currently a teacher who would rather be a surveyor? Then take a look at this quantity surveyor job guide. Do you want a more rewarding job than the one you do now? You could try getting management training (such as this one: development-academy.co.uk/new-to-line-management-course/) to help improve your employment chances as one option. You can take a look at online university courses that can get you the job you want to do. But if you’re stuck in job purgatory, how do you know if you’re in the right career? A good place to start is to think about what you love to do in your spare time, for example if you enjoy coding or helping people fix their IT issues, why not consider computer careers? It’s a safe bet to go with whatever you know you will enjoy.

Here are some tips to figure out what direction your career is taking:

  1. Do I have the proper training to advance in my current position?
  2. Am I able to talk to my supervisor about advancement and get the support I need?
  3. Are the projects I’m offered adding value to my work experience?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no”, then it may be time to pack up and move on. If you’re not quite ready to leave it all behind, here are some ways to possibly save what could otherwise be a sinking ship:

  1. Talk to your boss about your expectations of advancement and determine how realistic that goal is given the organization’s long-term goals.
  1. Take advantage of training opportunities that your organization offers.
  1. Try to work on high profile projects that are sure to catch upper management’s attention.

Good luck and be sure to share tips that helped you turn your career around.

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