A good career strategy necessarily involves letting the light in (figuratively speaking) on what you need and want to be present in your working life. After all, it’s hard to manage what you can’t see. And it’s even harder to take steps towards change if you’re navigating in the dark.
So, how do you let the light in? Well, it’s really about reflection – taking the time to think through how you’d like to manage your career on an ongoing basis. And while there are lots of ways to tackle this, one of the simplest ways to get going is with a few prompting questions.
For example, when did you last stop to consider what kind of organisation you’d like to work in? When did you last reflect on your strengths and how you’re bringing them to bear (or should bring more of them to bear) at home or work? And what about your interests – have they had any air time lately? Or if you’re a creative soul, how are you giving light to your creativity if it’s not part of your current role?
Reflecting on your career needs and wants is a great habit to build. And you probably already have the tools you need. Aside from time, it just needs an open mind, your favourite thinking place, and perhaps a pen and paper to capture any insights or inspiration that strike. (Hey, if it works for Richard Branson, it’s probably worth a try. Reportedly, he’s never without an old-fashioned notebook to help him record his reactions and ideas!).
Lastly, not only is letting the light in useful for career analysis, but it’s also high on the feel-good factor. And who couldn’t do with a bit more of that?