The beginning of the year tends to be when we all often go through a desire to do better for ourselves in the year ahead. One area that is typically reviewed is the professional career. We all start to think: Am I making professional progress? Am I in the right position? Is it time for change?
Those are all good questions to begin thinking about to help you evaluate your situation. You may have winded up in a job or a profession that you have stuck with because it allows you the chance to settle in and feel safe, but it may not be the best fit career or job to help you reach your long-term career goals.
If you’re a starting professional, it is common to test the waters. You may have several jobs and try a few different professions before finding the right career path. Having the full experience allows you to better assess your situation. It allows you to understand what you’re good at, what need to improve on, and it gives you a better sense of what you want to do and achieve professionally.
But, after you’ve tested the waters and have a better sense of direction, it’s time to move ahead with action! Now it’s about securing a professional career that’s truly fit for you. Don’t waste time lingering around a profession or job that will not get you to your long-term professional career goals.
Ask yourself these three questions:
- Am I in the correct role?
- Are my skills being utilized in the right way?
- Is my employer offering a work environment supportive of professional growth that aligns with my long-term career goals?
If you’re able to answer “Yes” to all three of these questions, you’re on the right path. However, if you’re answering “No” to any one of these questions, it’s time to reevaluate your job and/or career. In some cases, it can be an easy fix where you can improve your situation at work. Read: “Deciding If It’s a Career Change or Boss Change That You Need.” And in other instances, it may be time to whip out the resume and start new. Read: “Tips to Get the Resume Ready for a Career Change.”
You need a “Yes” to all three of the questions to get to the right place. And when you have answered “Yes to all three questions, continue to set short-term and long-term career goals to further your growth as a professional. The goals should be S.M.A.R.T., an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. For more about evaluating and setting career goals, read: “Start the New Year By Evaluating Your Career Goals.”
Throughout your career, no matter which path you choose to take, there will be signs of what feels right and what feels wrong for your next move. Don’t ignore those signals because it can help you find your way to work that you love and guide you to the path that’s a better fit.
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