- The type of person you are determines your innermost core values and ambitions which in turn determines how you interact in and with society.
- A career provides a crucial focal point enabling you to implement those innermost values. The rewards are positive energies of fulfilment, self-worth and affirmation of who you are.
- Consequently, your career choice should be positively aligned firmly with your true aspirations.
Some of us know exactly what we want and where we’re heading at any point in time; whilst others require a little introspection.
Whatever the case it really is worthwhile taking time to reflect on where you are, why you’re there, how you got there and where to go next !! Your career development should be based on the affirmation of your core values and beliefs.
Does your career choice fit your personality?
- Are you practical?
- Are you artistic?
- Are you technically minded?
- Are you a team player?
- Are you a caring person?
- Do you feel you can help make the world a better place?
- Do you like dealing with the public?
- Do you feel as though you have an unfulfilled mission?
- Do you find it easy to motivate yourself and others?
- Do you like making people happy?
- Do you respect yourself and others?
- Do you know your main strengths?
- Do you know your frailties?
- Do you know what makes you really happy?
- Do you know what you really want out of life?
- Do you know what you don’t want out of life?
- Do you ever wonder what makes you want to get out of bed in the morning?
Assessing your present career and role choice
- Have you set your career development goals for your chosen career?
- How well does your current career fulfil those goals?
- If you feel you’re ready for a career change, have you defined the reasons clearly?
Researching a career change, make it now
- use the internet to research job categories which best suit your career needs
- are you prepared to relocate in your new career?
- assess the work environments for suitability
- assess the potential for career advancement and salary grades
- make a list of potential employers and research each organization
Make the move, change jobs
The rest involves usual job-hunting procedures already described in depth elsewhere on this site.
- prepare your cover letter and CV/resume
- brush up on your interviewing techniques
- never forget – you are a unique person with something to contribute !!
London Career Salaries
You are entitled if you feel justified to ask for a salary review at any time. Two out of three people have never asked for a rise. If you feel you deserve a rise don’t hesitate to ask. Research shows over 70% of those who ask for a raise get it !!
If You’re sure why you want a rise, make a formal request professionally. First, check the industry salary expectation for your field and ensure your request is realistic. Document your contributions and achievements within the company then request a formal meeting.
During the meeting, show enthusiasm for your job and highlight achievements and contributions arising from your own initiative which have benefited the company either financially or in improved operational procedures.
Also, listen to your boss and be positive throughout. A good manager will already have noticed your value and grant you your wish.