Career Crossroads: How to move forward

- by Riya Ipe

Whether it is limited advancement opportunities, the need for flexibility, an unfulfilling role, or the threat of being laid off, most professionals find themselves at a career crossroads at some point. Being at the crossroads in your career can be very intimidating but also very exciting. It is a great opportunity to refresh your vision and work on building a rewarding career.

Are you contemplating a change but not sure what to do about it and where to begin? Follow these steps as you embark on the journey of exploration and discovery.

Evaluate yourself

Doing a detailed self-assessment will enable you to make the right career decisions. An evaluation of your personality, skills, interests, achievements, and aspirations can open up a window to potential career options.

The process of self-assessment involves understanding what is important to you, what you enjoy doing, what you are good at, your strongest personality traits, and then articulating these assessments effectively. Once you have clarity on your interests and skills, you will be better equipped to explore the career options best suited to fulfill your aspirations.

Enhance your knowledge

With the world constantly changing and companies restructuring their business models, upskilling and reskilling have become crucial in staying relevant. Upgrading technical competencies and soft skills are necessary to increase your employability when considering a career change.

Focus on the specific skills required for the career options you are looking at. Sign up for online courses, attend webinars, events, and conferences, listen to podcasts and read or listen to books. Investing in your learning and development will help boost your morale and advance your career.

Expand your contacts

A strong network is invaluable to your professional development and success. If you are looking for career advancement or a new career, networking is certainly the key. Your network can provide valuable professional insights, constructive feedback, job leads, and references.

Connecting with professionals through online forums and platforms gives access to a wealth of knowledge and experience that could promote your career. It is an opportunity to improve your skills, stay updated on the latest trends, connect with mentors for guidance, and increase your visibility. Successful networking is a two-way street of nurturing a mutually beneficial relationship.

Doing a detailed self-assessment helps in identifying new roles and careers that could use your skills and experience. Upgrading your skills makes you a competitive applicant and increases your marketability. Networking provides valuable insights and opinions on the various possibilities. The key is to stay committed and persistent.

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