Happy New Year to you all!
Of course at this time of year I begin to hear the rumblings of desire for change on the career front. Many have had a break from their current work, have fed their stomachs successfully on all that Christmas and New Year cheer and are looking down the barrel of the last few days of rest and recreation before returning to work.
For some workers today was the first day back and they made it to work easily in the less congested peak hour traffic and the gentler motions of opening the office.
But the rumblings lie deep within and I was surprised and delighted to see Hope 103.2 radio (www.hope1032.com.au) have what I am sure will be the first of many polls across the city in the next few weeks entitled
” Are you starting a new job this year?”
The results at the end of the day (with a little bit of wobbling as people added their selections) looked like this:
- Yes – 10%
- No – 43%
- No, but I’m growing my current one – 14%
- No, but I’d like to – 33%
The results show more than half are feeling the rumblings even if 14 % have decided to grow their current job into something more acceptable.
This in fact is a very good idea.
Growing your current job by learning new skills and finding new ways to be satisfied with your current position is wise indeed, especially if you are unsure of ‘where to go next’. It is far better to stay in your current role while you work out ‘where to next’ (providing of course it is not detrimental to your health and wellbeing) while you do so.
The researcher in me would have liked another question in the poll
‘ No, because I luuurrrve my job!’
This would have given real meaning to the ‘No’ answer.
After all many stay in work through fear of not being able to find something else and not because they are truly satified with the position they hold.
When you consider that we spend a third of our lives (and sometimes more) in work, it certainly is a long time to be in something you hate!
If you gave your current work position a score out of ten and scored less than seven, you are in the wrong place and you need to do some soul searching to find out why.
And in case you are wondering why I think you need a seven out of ten score it is because your dissatisfaction will be spreading across to all parts of your life and the people you love.
So think on that for a moment – How does your work score and is it impacting on your work/life balance?
If the answer is yes – you need to take some radical action and find out what you need to do to improve your attitude to your work and life.
It’s a New Year remember – time for a fresh start and review.
Do you want this year to be the same as the last or are you willing to make changes and grow?
Until next time
Melody Green is a career advisor specialising in career planning workshops for the over 40s in Sydney, Australia. Her workshops offer practical tools to get your career on track and to empower you to express and engage your fullest potential in your career. Next workshop is on Thursday 19 January 2012. For more details please checkout: www.radicalcareermakeover.com