Just like the tide, your career will go through periods when ‘the tide is in’ and there are lots of positive experiences, and other times when there isn’t any ‘water’ to be seen. The possible exception being the person walking out the door of their employment on the day of retirement, who usually only has feelings of excitement and wonder about what the next phase in their life will bring.
Every job hunter I speak with laments the ongoing challenge of smoothing out the peaks and troughs, or should I say the ebb and flow of their career. If I could solve that problem for you today in just a few hundred words, then I too would be awash with your praise and reflecting on my brilliance………….OK, back to reality!
But, when you sit back and think about it, career development, managing the peaks and troughs and planning go hand in hand. Proper career planning makes you look at the skills you have on offer to prospective employers, or lack thereof, and think about what skills you realistically need to kick your career to the next level. Whether you are highly ambitious and aiming for the executive jet, or looking for a small part time job to help pay the grocery bill, the principle is the same.
Consider whether your range of skills is broad enough to meet employer expectations, and if the answer is ‘no’, then you have some planning to do. It doesn’t matter what type of job you are seeking; all employers have expectations on the skills new employees should have. Decide what type of job is going to suit your ambitions, financial needs and sense of job satisfaction. Once you’ve done that, seek out appropriate training that will give you those skills or enhance the ones you already have. Talk to a career adviser or a training specialist at your local TAFE or quality training organisation for some guidance on available courses. There are many government training subsidies available that you may qualify for and reduce the burden on your budget.
Skill development through quality training will give you new opportunities. Plan carefully and you will drive your career or job aspirations to the next level.
Now, that’s better than any seasickness tablets!
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