As we enter into a new year, the age old new year’s resolutions come into play. While a new year can be great to reset and reassess, there can be inherent pressure to make drastic changes in your life, your career being one. Here, Aoibhín Byrne, Expert Recruiter in Tax, Treasury and Practice Careers with Barden Dublin, shares some dos and don’ts…
1) Do – assess your career progression opportunities in your current role.
Broadly speaking, the easier moves you will make in your career will be internal – of course this will be dependent on the business needs. Make sure you have a strong understanding of your current business structure and if possible, network with members of other teams to gain an insight into their day to day. In general, businesses will do their best to retain professionals. Speak to your manager and let them know that you’re looking for a change, you’ll be surprised by how supportive they might be.
2) Don’t – jump straight into a job search and apply for jobs.
Failing to plan is planning to fail – the nostalgia of school going days definitely creeps in here but our teachers did have a point at the time! The job search can be very time consuming and essentially can feel like a second full time job. Spend some time putting a plan together before you start your job search (this can also include updating your CV and LinkedIn profile). Also, make sure to track all job applications in a document so you are aware of who your CV has been shared with.
3) Do – identify the essential experience that your current role can’t offer you to progress your career.
If you have decided to make a move on the external marketplace you need to establish what learning opportunities are important to you to progress your career (this is unique to you!). It can also make the conversation with your employer a bit easier if you do decide to leave as they will understand that you are unable to gain the experience desired in your current role and company.
4) Do – inform yourself and understand your external career options and the current market (a recruiter can be helpful here!).
Advice is key no matter what stage you are at in your career – advice first, jobs second. In order to make any informed decision you need to make sure you have all the necessary information at hand. A solid understanding of the market is key in exploring your options.
5) Don’t – make a career move unless it’s the right thing for you.
It’s your career, make sure you’re happy with it 😊
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