It’s always helpful to hear about what others are up to, particularly when you’re shaping your career. It’s tricky because you probably don’t want to speak to colleagues, and will definitely find it hard to be completely honest with managers, while friends might not have the insight you need. Our London recruitment agency has chatted to several people actually working in office support jobs about their career plans for the year ahead, so that you can gather inspiration.
“I’m ready for a new job.”
Malika tells us, “In the first half of 2022, I want to find a new job. I want to stay in the industry I’m in—finance—but I want to work for a larger employer, where there are more opportunities for progression.”
Andrew has similar thoughts: “I’ve stayed put longer than I wanted to because of Covid, and I’m feeling quite jaded with my current employer. In 2022, I think I’ll feel more secure about looking for a new job. I’m going to bite the bullet and go for it.”
“I’m applying for promotions.”
Manpreet explains, “My employer is really getting going again now after Covid, and I think it’s time to make the right noise about being ready for a promotion. I have my annual review in late January, and I want to use that opportunity to explain why I believe I’m ready for the next step. If they disagree, I will be looking elsewhere.”
Lorraine also wants to take a promotion this year, saying, “In the summer, I will complete my professional qualifications in HR. At that point, I’m really hoping that I am promoted from officer to coordinator level. I hope this happens with my current employer, but I am prepared to move if I need to.”
“I still want to hunker down.”
Martina says, “I’ve found the last few years with Covid so hard, both personally and in terms of work. I don’t feel confident enough yet to make any changes. I’m happy and content in my role, so I’m going to continue demonstrating that to my boss.”
“I want a complete change.”
Sylvia shares with us: “I’ve been working in customer service for around a decade, but I’ve had enough. It’s like the pandemic has made everyone angry and supply chains have been a nightmare. I’ve just had enough of being in a public-facing role. I was speaking to my recruitment consultant at Love Success and she told me that now is an ideal time to switch industries. My skills are very transferable, so I’m currently applying for roles in administration. I am looking forward to the change.”
“I’m increasing my hours.”
Aneesha, who reduced her hours while her children were young, says, “I’m ready to increase my hours and focus on my career again. I feel like I’ve just been treading water, but now I want to focus on my career and my hopes and dreams. My employer has been amenable to me increasing my hours to nearly full-time and is working with me to define a new development plan.”
What are your thoughts for the year ahead?
The new year is an excellent time to consider your career. Reflect on what’s working for you and what you want to change, and then put in place actionable steps to make it happen.
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