How do you know if you’re on the right career path?

Posted on Friday, October 14, 2022 by Tanya SNo comments

Once upon a time, we would have a job for life. Those in office support jobs in London would typically work for one employer, gradually scaling the ranks through promotions until retirement age. This kind of approach to a career isn’t just no longer realistic because job security has changed, but because individuals take greater charge of their career outcomes.

Indeed, as a London recruitment agency, we know that people now change job and employer much more regularly. Furthermore, it’s very common to change career path altogether. So how do you know if you’re on the right career path?

What is a career path?

Firstly, we need to iron out some definitions because we believe that a career path is no longer as defined as it once was. For example, as an accountant, there was once a very clear and defined path from qualification to senior leadership. Now, however, a career path is broader – you can still be on the same path, just there are more options and routes.

A career path no longer needs to be straight, or linear, or even go directly forwards. You can stay on your career path even with breaks. What matters is overall progress and that your career path is taking you in the direction you want to go.

But with this broader definition of what a career path is, how do you know if you’re on the wrong one?

Indications you’re on the wrong career path

Especially if you feel you ‘fell’ into your career – which is very common with those in office support jobs in London – you may wonder if you’re on the wrong career path, or if you need to make changes. Look out for these signs:

·       You are bored, find yourself watching the clock, and wishing away your work day regularly.

·       You’re burned out, negatively stressed and this isn’t a short-term problem.

·       You’re unhappy in your current role and yet looking at potential openings in your field isn’t inspiring.

·       You avoid or strongly dislike large parts of your job function.

·       You’re unmotivated and have little interest in developing new skills within your sector.

·       You don’t feel stimulated.

How to change career path

The good news is, particularly for those with highly transferrable skills, like those in office support jobs in London, changing career path isn’t as tricky as you may fear.

Identify your strengths and your skills, paying particular attention to their transferability. Consider what you are enthusiastic about and learn more about alternative roles. Understand your core values as well as career and work life expectations.

Then get in touch. We are skilled at helping individuals change career paths and gaining excitement and passion for work again, without losing ground in their career. Call us to have a chat about your options and your future on 020 7870 7177.


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