Redefining Your Career Path – Career Mobility
We’ve all been there, sitting at work wondering if this is as good as it gets. The cynical will shrug off these feelings as unproductive navel-gazing and get back to the grindstone. But for some, this period of reflection will bring on a fresh challenge.
Where Will Your Next Move Take You?
Once you decide to make a change, career mobility options within your current company should be considered. A lateral move can provide a change of pace, increasing your job satisfaction while allowing you to keep perks like seniority, extra vacation time or share options. Perhaps a similar job in a different city or country will shake off the cobwebs. There might even be a promotion available if a related job a level above yours is open.
If you have exhausted internal options, the next stop is similar positions within your industry. A different company can offer the change you need to reignite your passion.
That said, you may find more similarities than differences at a competitor. In that case, it’s time to consider a new industry altogether.
A new industry or sector? Pharmaceuticals or Tech is all you know, right? But is it really?
When changing industries, you can and should focus on your transferable skills. The course you took in Business Communications did more than help you prepare correspondence for your boss as an Executive Assistant. It gave you a firm grasp of the language and tone of business communications, a skill easily transferred to a new role, a new company, or a new industry. Think about every training session you attended and experience you’ve gained and you will find that many skills you’ve honed can be applied everywhere.
Keep Your Ear to the Ground
You don’t have to start with an exhaustive, exhausting job hunt. You can discreetly put out feelers and talk to your friends about reputable recruiters they have worked with successfully. You can update your resume and see what catches your eye. Actually, you should always have your resume up to date. You never know when a friend of a friend will have an opportunity for someone just like you.
If you’re applying internally, it’s best if your boss knows about it BEFORE the hiring manager calls for a reference. With any luck, your boss will care about your individual growth and be supportive of your decision to find a new challenge. If you discuss your future aspirations in your performance evaluation, your boss may surprise you with opportunities you had not considered.
Hurdles to Clear
In many cases, the most significant barrier to a new career is stepping outside your comfort zone. However, there are some horrible bosses out there. If yours is one of them, this article might help get them on your side. It’s certainly easier to make a career change with a champion on your side, but that champion doesn’t have to come from your workplace. Your spouse, your parents or your best friend can be your personal cheering section.
When the time comes to make a change, by all means look before you leap. But leap!