Take your time, your career is a lifetime in creation.

Jan 15, 2018
There is no right or wrong time to move and no reason to feel pressurised by your peers to make a move that you are not feeling just at this time.

Every year, at around this time I begin to receive calls and mails from members coming to the end of their contracts.  The sentiment usually swings between anxiety, fear or eagerness to move on and make that 'first professional move'. The fear and anxiety usually stem from influences including friends/colleagues and family etc. to help alleviate some of these worries I would suggest that you start at beginning - and ask yourself - What do I know?

What do I know about?

  • my values
  • my personal beliefs
  • job motivators
  • job de-motivators
  • my own levels of ambition
  • my own circumstances
  • short term career plans and objectives
  • long term career ambitions and goals

Reflect on your past experience – including:

  • client base
  • level of workload
  • responsibilities and functions of the role
  • size of the company
  • size and scope of the finance team

What did you like? What didn’t you like?  Spend time reflecting on your experiences with an open mind and critically review what you would include in future job specs

There is no right or wrong time to move and no reason to feel pressurised by your peers to make a move that you are not feeling just at this time.

We see from experience that those that take their time assessing what they'd like from a potential move, focus more on the prep than the application/ interview, and subsequently find it easier to recognise that dream job than those who apply for everything with little to no thought or reflection put into the prep.  It's an exhausting process so give yourself the benefit of hindsight, focus, reflection and an 'auditi' of your career to date and experiences gained.

If you are lucky enough to enjoy what it is you are doing and are still being challenged, and stretched by your company and role then take stock of what you have achieved; how far you have come and assess what you need to add to your skills set.  It’s important to keep an eye on the market place, be familiar with changes, new opportunities, new companies, new roles and also where roles no longer exist - empower yourself to respond to changes in demand in terms of skills set and changing environments and markets. 

This is where you focus on the 'end goal' asking yourself where you see yourself on retirement day? With this in mind - work backwards!  This helps you to clarify the skills, qualifications, experience and responsibilities that you need, to ensure that when this dream-role materialises you are best equipped to respond to it with confidence.

If you are to take one piece from this article I would encourage you to take your time, we meet members who come to us having jumped in with both feet to an opportunity that wasn't right for them because someone else told them it was a good idea - they face the challenge of trying to get out again and back on the road that is better suited to them.  To avoid this mistake think seriously before you leap and don't be afraid to say 'no thank you' -  your career will thank you in the long run!