Concerned about the future of your career, with Covid–19 in the background?

Here is how to take control of your career path…

Whether you are one of the near quarter of the UK workforce currently on furlough; deliberating a return to the workplace once Covid–19 corrective measures are established, or continuing remote working. Use this situation to take control of your career.

Many of us will admit that it is very easy to get swept up in the day to day routine of work and neglect thinking about our long-term careers. Currently many professionals find themselves with more time on their hands, which can offer a valuable opportunity to think about your future and take control of your career path.

This time could be a great time to upskill, set out a career roadmap and put some career goals in place. Should any of the following ideas resonate and you are able to put in practise, you will benefit from taking control of your career and it will help you put your best foot forward when you return to work.

Knowledge is power – by broadening your skillset given the amount of resources available, there is no limit to your upskilling potential.  The easiest way is to establish a routine, by dedicating time to regular learning..

  •  Take an online course
  •  Explore the world of podcasts
  •  Reading relevant industry articles

Build a career roadmap – we appreciate that our career is one of the most important aspects of our lives, but how much time do we invest in thinking about our medium and long-term career goals? With the extra time, try and think about your wider career – what is beyond your role? Asking yourself the following questions, may help to get you started..

  • Think about the immediate priorities of your current business
  • What does the business wish to achieve over the next couple of years?
  • What role does your position/department play?
  • What can you do in your capacity to support this?

Think about the future direction of your profession..

  • What are the major technological/ digital changes happening in your line of work?
  • As a result of these changes, would any jobs or additional skills be in demand? – areas that may help in choosing upskill learning
  • Who are the leading figures in your profession and what direction are they going in?
  • What sets these leaders, from the professionals within the industry?

Reflect on whether the challenge of Covid-19 has influenced the way you perceive your career..

  • How has this impacted your profession or industry?
  • Has there been any changes towards how you feel about the role you are currently undertaking?
  • Has remote working made you revaluate your thoughts to what you now want from a role?
  • What have you learnt about yourself by remote working?

By writing down your thoughts or ideas, it may help highlight ideas which you had not considered previously.

  • Reassess your goals, direction and motivation will be provided by having these in place – allowing you to bring your roadmap to life.
  • Try to separate your goals into timeframes and bear in mind that not all goals need to be a promotion or a pay rise.  Sideways movements into different teams or adjustments to your work life balance are also important considerations.
  • Where do you want to be in 6 months? – Be realistic – remember the impact of covid-19 and what are the immediate actions you need to take?
  • Where do you see yourself in a year? – Will your immediate game plan help you to materialise this?
  • Long term goals over 2/3 years? – How can you break these down into achievable steps?

With so much out of our control currently, it can be reassuring to address your perspective on your career and set out clear direction.  By using your time productively it will help you to take control, and provide you with more clarity and motivation to re-assess how you would like your career to look in the future.