2019 Kickstart or Revive Career Goals

If you are like many women, slogging away daily in a thankless role, trying to find a way up, out or in a new direction, you need a strategy to help you, and honest advice that works.  A great way is to set small practicable bite size steps to create those career changes you so desire.

Start by revisiting every aspect of your current role, what it is that you love and hate, what are the daily challenges you face?  If it is change you want, then make a practicable list of goals that you know you can achieve, and a timescale. However, do not set that bar so high that you guarantee yourself to fail.  Aim for the next 12 months and break this down further into three monthly cycles for achieving each step or set of goals. 

If you are seeking promotion, try looking within the organisation at who can help you achieve this.  It may be someone in HR, a line manager, or head of department.  Understand how you can raise your own profile; perhaps look at some training outside work to get the required missing skill, having a 12-month plan now looks realistic in terms of progression and long term goals.

Look at your current role.  The grass always looks greener on the other side of the promotion fence; however, it may not be the case.  Every role has certain mundane aspects that only require some control over so that they do not become the primary focus of that particular role.  Keeping on top of these banal “chores” will provide time for more expansive and creative activities, and help you to achieve a better balance of job satisfaction.

If you have particular strengths that you are certain could be utilised elsewhere within the organisation, look around and ask if you can incorporate these into your role, either working alongside another department or by bringing an extra dimension within your role.  For example, document creation, sales, creating complex spreadsheets or beautiful Power Point presentations.

The important issue is not to hold back. If you have a particular skill that should be helping you to win brownie points or an achievement that you know has benefitted your organisation then you need to highlight this to those relevant.  Women in particular may not have the time to socialise outside working hours with their managers or bosses so may miss opportunities to show off particular achievements that happened on that day. 

If you feel that you have become just another undervalued, underrated cog in cubicle land, and that you have finally reached that point in your career that you desperately need a change, then look at our next blog in this series, time for a career change.

Glenda Smithson