How to take control of your career

Climbing the career ladder

 

Brexit, economic uncertainty, recession, redundancy mean that it’s easy to get thrown off course by events that are beyond our control. Whilst you cannot plan for such occurrences, you can still take charge of your career. Career management is important – so many people just “wait and see what comes along” or drift along which could mean you could get lucky or you could end up in a job which does not fulfil your ambitions. Sinead Hasson is MD and founder of recruitment company Hasson Associates and here are her tips on taking hold of your career and planning your next career move in spite of the obstacles that may get in your way:

Be positive

Being focused, disciplined and determined are key traits to securing the job you want so make a plan that takes your goals and dreams into account. Visualise where you want to be, writing them down will make them appear more tangible, refer to those goals from time to time, review them and they will give you the inspiration and motivation to achieve them.

Moving up

If you want to be promoted in your role you may find that economic uncertainty may cause a delay, but obstacles like that which are out of your control don’t have to put an end to your ambitions. Speak to your manager and ask what you can do to speed up your promotion. Acknowledge that the climate might mean that it’s uncertain, but share your goals and aspirations with your boss so he or she knows that you are keen to get on. Keep a record of what you do in your role and how those skills demonstrate that you are capable of moving up the ladder. Talk to your manager about what you could bring to the next position.

Moving on

Redundancy might mean the end of your career in one company, but it’s not the end of your career. Losing your job can be one of the hardest things you have to face in life and it can be emotionally overwhelming, leaving you depressed with your confidence severely knocked. But don’t take it personally and once you’ve sorted your finances and your redundancy package and negotiated your notice period, you can then start to search for work with a sense of focus and a plan. The most crucial thing to begin with is to update your CV. Focus on your skills and achievements and your career highlights. Take control of your next career move and be positive.

That clichéd question “where do you see yourself in five years’ time” has been an interview question that is often mocked and derided but reflecting on where you want to go in your career is a valuable and useful introspective pursuit that can help you map out where you want to go and how you are going to get there. It’s easy to get thrown off course by events that are beyond our control which could be personal or environmental. How you respond to such situations is more important than the situation itself.

*Sinead Hasson is MD and founder of recruitment company Hasson Associates which she established in 2008.





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