If you had to battle back to work blues because you’ve returned to work today, you are not alone. It’s almost an expected after effect of any great holiday or long weekend. The situation is made worse when it’s a collective break and everyone has been off for some time. So every other conversation you engage in might be a complaint about why people loathe being back to work or sympathetic agreement on how the break wasn’t long enough. This is unlikely going to help you be more productive and get back into the swing of things.
It’s not unusual to feel disappointed, start beating yourself up or become despondent if you’re not where you wanted to be in your career or life. In this blog I want to share how you can set goals that you will actually achieve in 2018. We’ve long been told that if we want to achieve our goals we need to make them SMART- Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed. Here’s my problem with the SMART system, it’s not enough and isn’t really where you should start. I can pick any goal today and apply the process but it doesn’t mean that it will actually happen.
How can you improve your career confidence so you don’t miss out on opportunities and self-sabotage? If you’ve read the blog about my collaboration with MAC Cosmetics- How to be more career confident, this is a follow-on blog. I want to share how you can improve your career confidence so you can speak up, ask for opportunities and fearlessly design a career you love and enjoy.
This post is inspired by an event collaboration I hosted with MAC Cosmetics at Grand Central in Birmingham. I had never done anything quite like that and I really wanted it to go well. Needless to say I found it very challenging and it tested my confidence in the process, but working with the right people gets you results. I want to share some of the things I talked about around career confidence and invite you to sign up for my 1 day coaching program, BOLDER: become more confident, credible and influential.
Let’s get into the summary of what I shared starting with four aspects that can influence your confidence.
Do you want to get your perfect job before Christmas? It’s totally possible. I am always dumbfounded by the number of people who use job boards but can't find work through them and yet continue to use them. I am known for saying this- The best jobs never make it to the job board and when they do a lot of the time they have someone's name against them. How can I confidently say this? This is because I have sat at the receiving end of such jobs.
If you are feeling like a failure it might be because you aren’t were you thought you would be at the end of the year. We start off the year with so many goals to achieve and high expectations. We have new energy to do everything and set all kinds of amazing goals. Then life happens, work gets busy, breakups, illness and so on. Our goals fall by the wayside and before you know it’s November and you haven’t achieved what you set out to do.
Here’s what you can do to stop feeling like a total failure because you aren’t.
There are many signs that show you are stuck in a rut and they can be subtle or very intense in nature. How this feels and how long this feeling lasts is different for different people. These are common things people will say to me when they are stuck in a rut in their job or career- I don’t really enjoy my job anymore, I’m not really growing or I want to try something else but I don’t know what.
The challenge is knowing what step to take next when you start feeling like this. There is no one answer because it depends on a number of things. Sometimes the cause of dissatisfaction with your career or job has nothing to do with your career or job. It might be finance, relationship or even health-related. That is a blog for another time.
To break the cycle you need to shift your energy. Here are some ways that you can transform your career or job so you stop feeling stuck in a rut.
If you are a teacher and you are ready for a career move you are in the right place. You might be feeling like teaching is no longer your calling, you can’t bring your best effort to the classroom with all other undue pressures put on you or you just generally hate your job like most people. The later might not be something you want to say in front of parents or to your Head, but this is a safe place and I get it. You do not have to be chained to the wrong job for life, but if you are finding changing course difficult here are 5 great career moves you can make.