Recently, I was having a conversation with a school student and they asked me if I liked my job. It felt good to be able to answer her question positively and explain why.
However, if she had have asked me a couple of years ago, I may have struggled with my answer. You see, I wasn’t unhappy but I was feeling a little like I was treading water. I knew my job inside out and I was more than hitting targets. After a significant period of time in the industry, I wasn’t challenging myself mentally and I felt stuck in a rut.
It was around this time that I made a decision to commit to going back to tertiary study. After a very intense 18 months juggling a full-time job with study and family, I took my research and learnings, along with 24 years’ experience across recruitment, education, human resources and commerce to pave a new career path as a fully qualified Career Practitioner.
So where am I going with this story? The best thing that I did back then was to take up the challenge to move out of my comfort zone. I really had to look inside myself and understand my strengths and transferable skills, as well as what energises and drives me. I challenged myself to think about what I want out of my career at this stage in my life. And then I researched the changing world of work and our labour market. I set myself goals and created a career plan with action and steps that I needed to take to get to where I wanted to be.
I didn’t do all of this alone; I am lucky to have mentors that share their time and wisdom and I also had someone to keep me accountable. Which gets back to the punchline (or maybe sales pitch); a career coach can add real value to your career journey no matter what your situation – whether you are considering your options, moving on from redundancy, returning to the workforce or simply struggling to secure a job in a challenging market.
At Inspired Career Planning, our qualified Career Practitioners:
- Listen and offer impartial, objective, independent, well researched support and advice. We challenge you to identify your transferable skills and highlight pathways that you may not have considered. We encourage you to reflect on what energises and engages you, guiding you along your chosen path and new learning experiences that might be available, whilst introducing you to a range of tools and resources that have been selected to develop self-awareness, confidence and clarity.
- We help you to identify realistic action that you can take to reach your goals at this stage in your career and together we develop a tailored career plan that works for you.
- We guide you on current career search techniques, as well as identify opportunities to enhance your resume, application, social media profile and interview skills.
- Ultimately, at Inspired Career Planning, our objective is to provide you with the confidence, skills, knowledge and tools to achieve your career goals now and in the future.
Do you think you could benefit from a career coach? I would welcome the opportunity to discuss how Inspired Career Planning can add value to your career journey.