Why Summer Is A Good Time to Review Your Career

Why Summer Is A Good Time to Review Your Career

The middle of the year is often a time when many companies conduct performance reviews, promising the potential for salary increases, and promotions. Unfortunately, in an environment where the average employee is plate spinning, HR and leadership professionals might lose track of their employees' needs, and fail to follow through on promises.  

 

If your existing company isn't giving you a chance to expand your skills, improve your opportunities, or take advantage of new roles, then you could find yourself suffering from stagnation in your career. Rather than simply waiting for something positive to happen, now may be the time to start thinking about new opportunities, and conducting a plan of action.  

 

A career review can help you take control of your career management, ensuring that you're not just going to work every day for the sake of earning money - but that you're invested in a career you truly enjoy. After all, we spend a significant portion of our lives in the workplace - why not make those hours count? 

 
Reviewing your Career Step 1: Goals  

 

 

Career management is the process of planning your professional future, with the aim to collect new skills, and experiences. If you can rely on your current boss to provide you with the resources you need to learn those things, then that's great. However, if you can't, then you might need to take a look at your CV, and start thinking about how you can excel in different roles. Usually, this involves a career review.  

 

Most people have a general idea of what they'd like to accomplish next, such as getting a promotion, or a better work/life balance, yet not everyone makes it important to set specific goals for themselves.  Setting goals are important because they can help give you the focus you need to accelerate your growth.  

 

Once you have your goals in mind, ask yourself: 

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-Did I achieve my goals? 

-Am I satisfied with the work I put towards my goals? 

-Has my current employer helped me move closer to my goals? 

-Do I need to review my goals for the rest of the year? 

 
 

Reviewing your Career Step 2: Development 

 
Thinking about your goals and what you want should naturally lead you into considering what you've done this year. This step in a career review is about identifying your career progression, and any key achievements you've made.

 

 

Consider everything you've done over the last 11-12 months, and ask yourself: 

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-What new skills have I developed ? 

-What new opportunities are being presented to me, or taken away? 

-How have I capitalised on opportunities? 

-How am I in a better position today than I was a year ago? 

-What have I learned? 

-What have I accomplished in my professional life? 

 

At this stage, you'll need to think about where you are in your career, and how close you've come to your ultimate goals. If you don't feel like you're where you wanted to be at this stage, that could be a sign that it's time to move on and prepare for your next role 
 

 

Reviewing your Career Step 3: Decision-Making 

 
Once you have your goals in mind, and you know where you want to be, you can share your plan with your employer, and find out whether he or she can help you achieve your ambitions. At this stage, it may be clear that your current employer simply isn't supporting you on the path to your goals. This means that you need to make an adjustment, and start searching for new position  

 

To decide whether a new career is right for you, ask yourself: 

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-Do I enjoy the work I do, and if not, why? 

-Is there any opportunity for me to advance in my current company? 

-Do I feel comfortable with the corporate culture in my workplace? 

-Do I dread going to work on Monday mornings? 

 
 

Reviewing your Career Step 4: Vision and Planning 

 

 

Finally, it's time to start thinking about what the next step in your career should be. Think about what you want to do in the years ahead and decide, considering this, whether you're on the right path to your goals.  
 
Ask yourself: 

-What do I want to be doing more/ less of in my career? 

-When should I be taking the next step in my career? 

-What's my ultimate professional dream? 

 

Once you've answered these questions, you'll be able to start planning how you can get to the career you want. Make a list of the steps that you'll need to take, from building up your network, to gaining new experiences, strengthening your skills, and more.  

 

Deciding to change roles, companies even careers can be difficult, but sometimes it's the only way to reach your professional goals.  
 

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