January can begin with a review of what we achieved in the past year and setting new goals for the year. One of those goals could be to change your career or to review your current role. It may be the time to think about whether you are actually doing the work that inspires and uplifts you. As we spend so much time at work, it's critical that we enjoy doing it and that it inspires us most of the time.
During a coaching session last year, one of my clients suddenly had one of those “light-bulb” moments. She suddenly realised that her job had changed beyond recognition and that as a “people" person she was now doing more work as an administrator working with piles of paperwork instead of with people. This realisation eventually prompted her to move into self-employment.
Something I have experienced first hand is the change that happens to people when organisations undergo a major re-structure. Those members of staff that are left have an increased workload but with less time to fit it all in. This leads to them feeling demoralised and frustrated.
Another client was a manager of a team of people. She found she had more and more demands made on her time due to shrinking budgets and job cuts which led to increasing stress levels for herself and her team. She realised in the session that she needed to proritise more time for herself outside of work and she made some changes to her working hours which reduced her stress levels.
If you are feeling under pressure and/or under-valued and unsure how long you can stay in your current post, here are some practical tips for you:-
- If you know what else you want to do, start spending time with people who are already where you want to be. Find out how they work and what they value about what they do.
- Review your CV and get it up to date. Make sure you add in all the things you have done recently.
- Make a list of your key skills and think about re-combining them with something new. What could you add to what you already have that would enhance them?