Whenever life throws you out of balance, you need to refigure your priorities and move ahead to conquer life and achieve greater success. In case you are looking to reboot your career for a more fulfilling professional life, we are here with some advice. Mentioned in this article are 8 questions that you should ask yourself to help yourself in rebooting your career.
So, before you make your next career move, these are the things you should consider. These questions would help clear the toxicity and clutter of your professional life which you might have gathered during your professional journey so far.
1. Do you have a Clear Career Goal?
Goal setting is the first thing that is required for a successful career.
Yes, you are aware of goal setting and you do have a generic goal like becoming successful consultant, an ace marketer, top software architect, an Artificial Intelligence Expert, A recognised scientist and so on.
But, these are too generic. You must have a clear goal to move in the right direction.
Career would regularly pose challenges and without clarity of goal, you would struggle to adjust and compete at your best capabilities.
To live to your potential in career, you must stop for a while now as you are looking to reboot your career. And remind yourself of your goals and visualise it more clearly. If you still have generic goals, make them more specific.
You must have specific goals. Answers to the following questions would not only help you set clearer goals but would also assist in moving ahead towards a super successful career.
2. Do you know the things that you are most passionate about?
Have you created a vision board for your Career?
If you have not created one your answers would be- Ah, who cares? I already know what I am supposed to do. This thing is too childish and so on.
Even if looks childish, it’s a play that is worth its effort. It’s fun anyway.
Try creating a dream board where you have achieved what you desire in your career.
Try to include steps towards your desired result for a mind-blowing career.
Now, to be able to create a perfect career vision board, you must be aware of what you are passionate about.
Do you love stars? Or is it gastronomy that delights you?
Are you passionate about reading books? Do you love coding and creating software?
There can be numerous things you might be passionate about.
- Write at least 10 things you are passionate about.
- Now select 5 out of them that can help you achieve your career goals.
- Now pick your best 3 out of those 5.
- Include them in your vision board
- Set career goals that are aligned with these 3 selected things you are passionate about.
People are welcomed to work for what they are passionate about. So, if you made a mistake and are in the wrong profession, you can certainly change that and companies would love it if you do so and are passionate about what they require.
A lot of multinational companies are actually coming up with restart programmes for individuals looking to reboot career with more options, a better work-life balance, better learning and other opportunities they are passionate about.
An example of this is the Dell restart programme. Have a look at their infographic that explains more about how they care about your passion and it is not only with Dell (and we certainly are not endorsing any company here), it’s with a lot of other multinational companies as well.
3. Are you giving yourself enough credit for your efforts?
Charity begins at home and Compassion starts with yourself. Be compassionate for all the slogging you have done at work over the years.
You might be looking for a change of job or a complete revamp of your career. However, none of the work you have done so far will be trashed when you make your next career move.
It’s time to stop for a moment and to pat your back for all that you have achieved so far.
It can be a small thanks from a coworker to a patent in your name and everything in between.
Give yourself credit for all those small and big wins that you achieved while working over the years.
This act of kindness and gratitude towards yourself is set to help you in your career. It does not only boost your morale but also help you perform better at work.
4. Are you aware of your Strengths and Weaknesses?
This again is a crucial question to ask in order to reboot your career.
You must be clear about your strengths and weaknesses to be able to set clear goals and make a calculated next move in your career.
You might have added some strength at your previous job or you might have developed a new weakness that you would not mind confessing to yourself.
Strengths and weaknesses are dynamic and thus assessing them at regular intervals in career timeline help you big times while planning a career reboot.
If you have not done a self SWOT analysis (of your professional life), it’s time to do it now and you will certainly find a few answers to this question.
5. Do you know key accomplishments in your career so far?
Once you have answered the question about strengths and weaknesses, it would be easy to answer this one.
In order to decide your perfect move in terms of rebooting your career, you need to know your key accomplishments and that should find a place in your perfectly drafted resume for your prospective job options.
Try to ponder over the career achievements for a moment. Write those down. Try to remember all those accolades, promotions, bonuses, rewards and more.
This is an important step to get to the next job that you love and that is going to be satisfying.
Thinking about accomplishments get you our of any negativity loop and help you make your next career move in the direction of your accomplishments and not that of failures.
6. Have you learnt the art of giving and accepting?
Everyone has to face failure at some point in time. It’s time to count on your blessings and thus deal only with your accomplishments.
Take failure as an accomplishment as well as that was a learning opportunity. Learn from your failure and then let it go. Don’t keep the failure linger on. That is going to be toxic and can hurt your career in the long run.
The art of letting go gives you a lot of space to mentor others who need a push in their career. You learn the art of giving while mentoring and helping others.
Whether it is on LinkedIn, face to face, someone in your office or a family friend; always try to support others.
This, in turn, helps you enhance your personal brand and you open yourself to receiving, getting mentored and coached.
This circle of giving and accepting is an endless one and an extremely satisfying and rewarding.
So, ask yourself these questions.
Have I mentored someone? Have I been offered support in the past years at work? Is there someone I can help with making the next career move? Can someone help me get the desired contact for my potential career move?
You will be amazed to know once you answer this question that you have a huge network already. You don’t need to make a new network from scratch.
Ask for help and you will be amazed to see that there would be plenty of hands ready to support.
7. Do you continuously upgrade your skills?
Now, this is crucial to hitting the reboot button to your career.
Skills are a crucial part of your perfectly curated resume. So, upgrading yourself with contemporary career skills is always crucial.
Learning new skills, getting trained for new skills, learning new software, mastering various management techniques all add up to make you a better prospect for your dream job.
It is important to be in that upgradation mode.
After all, It’s not only your iPhone that needs an upgrade.
Ask yourself this question and remember instances when you performed something that enhanced your skills. Make a note of it.
8. Have you embraced innovation and creativity?
This question might sound silly but is important. It is placed last on this list of career questions as it impacts career in indirect manners. However, in no way is this question least important.
In the current knowledge economy, fuel is continuous innovation. It is crucial to be creative in your approach.
Think of ways that can enhance your creativity.
So, before you hit reboot to your career, it’s crucial to ask yourself this question. Are innovation and creativity in my nature now? Have I truly embraced innovation? And you need to train your brain with examples of how you were a part of something creative or innovative at your previous jobs.
One of our other articles covers some tips to be innovative at work for more productivity. Creativity helps get the maximum out of us. That’s the secret sauce of a perfect success recipe in your career.
So, here you go, some of the questions that you must ask yourself before rebooting your career.
Build your career as an architect or an artist.
Start with a dream.
Then set your goals and keep improvising at regular intervals.
Create a roadmap to the destination.
Write your plans so that they appear out and loud.
Create a list of your strengths.
Be compassionate and full of gratitude.
Mentor others and get mentored.
Reach out to others for help.
Give your self due credit and treat yourself well always. You are all you have got.
Let it go.
Count your blessing and hit reboot to your career!