How to fall back in love with your job

Remember when you first started your current job – how excited you were? How much love you felt for it. How you loved going to work. Has the novelty worn off? Is the honeymoon over? Has the reality of what you do every day kicked in? If you’re now in the twilight zone of your job relationship and feel a sense of dread on Sunday evening then something’s got to change.

It’s tempting to dust off your CV, give your job the old ‘heave ho’ and make a move to something new and more exciting. But before you do, consider if you can fall back in love with your job. Just like a relationship, you don’t have to go straight to divorce, with a bit of work you can salvage what’s good.

Here’s how to fall back in love with your job:

Take time to reflect

Make space to get a bit of distance from the day to day and have a good think about your job. This could be a holiday, a weekend away or even just take a day off. You need to get some perspective. Ask yourself three questions:

 – What do you enjoy about it?

 – What are the good bits?

 – Can you do it in a different way that will reconnect you with it?

Ask for what you want

Most managers want to keep their staff as it’s expensive and time consuming to recruit. Don’t sit in silence. Talk to your manager about the fact that you’re not enjoying things as much. Ask for some changes to make it work for you (which will ultimately help them too!).

They may not be able to agree to everything but if they can allow you to implement some key things it will help you feel appreciated and valued. Work out what would help – is it working on some different projects, learning a new skill or working from home one day a week? Getting what you want will contribute to how you feel about your job.

Change your view and mindset

It’s easy when you’re not enjoying what you do to get stuck in a negative frame of mind. This means you tend to focus on all the things you don’t like, and lose perspective on the reality. Make a conscious effort to focus on the areas that are good about your job. You will have to retrain your brain, and it will be tempting to fall back into your old views.

Focusing on the good is a much more enjoyable way to spend your time rather than moaning about things. Try to avoid other people who enjoy saying how awful the company or your job is and seek to reinforce your positive mindset. Choose a word to focus on that can help you stay positive.

Use your strengths

Research shows that we are happier and more confident when we can use our core strengths at work on a regular basis. Do a simple audit of how you use your strengths at work and look for ways you can do that more. Want to discover or remind yourself of your core strengths? You can take the free VIA Strengths Survey.

Plan to learn and grow

Take control of your own learning and development by being proactive about what you want. Check in with yourself about skills or qualifications that could either broaden your current role or help you become more specialist in your role. Look at a variety of ways you can access this from either formal or informal learning, and make a plan to avoid drifting. It’s your responsibility to fulfill your potential.

Fix the things that annoy you

What is getting on your nerves? Is it within your control to fix it? If it is then make some changes. It could be minor such as there is never milk in the fridge for tea or coffee. Organise a rota to buy it. It could be more significant such as your supervision sessions with your boss are always cancelled. Put it in writing that you would like to have them on a  regular basis. Whatever it is, try and resolve it, and if it’s out of your control, accept that you can’t fix it and move past it.

Do your utmost to make it work, to try and fall back in love with your job. But if it’s not possible, don’t stay in a job you don’t love – make a change, and if you need help with that please get in touch.

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Am I too old to change career?

When we’re young we want to be older and when we’re old we want to be younger! There never seems to be a perfect age, especially when it comes to your career. There’s a common misconception that by a certain age you should have it sorted and be settled in your career. But what if you’re in a career that doesn’t fulfil or stretch you, or that makes you unhappy? It doesn’t matter what age you are, career change will be on your radar. So if at 30, 40 or 50 you’re worried that you may be too old to change career, think again.

Our age should not define us, and certainly has no bearing on your ability  to actually change career, or anything else in your life for that matter. Try these tips to break free from any age-limiting beliefs:

Who says ‘you’re too old’ to change career?

Is this belief yours or someone else’s? Are you letting yourself be influenced by other people’s prejudices or expectations? If your best friend told you that he or she was going to change their career, what would you say to them? It’s unlikely you’d say ‘what! you’re too old’.

Give yourself permission to follow what you feel is right for you regardless of your age. Some people are able to work out their career path at a young age, but for many it is a process of exploration and experimentation. And if this takes 10 or more years so be it.

How many years?

When do you want to retire? I’m guessing it’s age 65-70? Now minus your current age from your desired retirement age, and you’ll get the rest of your working life. This could be another 20 or 30 years. If your goal is to have a fulfilling and happy career then why, when you have that amount of time left to work, wouldn’t you change careers?

This can also help you to see that the investment and time in any retraining or studying will be short compared to the time in your new job. Don’t ask yourself ‘am I too old to change career at 30 or 40 or 50?’, instead ask yourself ‘How would I feel if I spend another 10 or 20 years doing a job I don’t love?’

Look for role models

Knowing other people, who may be the same age or older, have changed career successfully can be inspiring and reassuring. Find someone in your network who has done this and talk to them about their experience. If you don’t know anyone, check out LinkedIn and look at people’s career stories.

Many of my clients have changed career mid life or in later life. My oldest client was 60 when she changed career. Society is obsessed with youth. Youth is seen as being vigorous and full of potential, and so it can be hard to see career changers who are older and who are still fulfilling their potential.

There are celebrity role models who can help. Vera Wang didn’t start designing clothes until age 40. Harrison Ford was a cabinet maker for 15 years before  becoming an actor, almost by chance. Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at 50. Martha Stewart was a model and stockbroker before branching into gourmet cooking in  her thirties and then developing her lifestyle brand. Spanx founder Sara Blakely sold office supplies door to door before quitting at 30 to run her business full time. Justine Roberts, founder of Mumsnet was a sports journalist for several years before creating Mumsnet.

Challenge your beliefs

Do some hard thinking about your own beliefs about age, and be prepared to challenge your thinking. We collect beliefs through our life from many different sources, and they can form part of our identity so it may feel particularly challenging to let a belief go. Do some free writing to unearth your belief and then consider the truth of what you have discovered. Ask yourself  ‘What am I saying ‘no’ to by sticking with this belief?’ and ‘What am I saying ‘yes’ to if I change my belief?’

It won’t necessarily be easy to change how you feel about age and career change but working at it will give you the freedom and motivation to find a career that enables you to fulfill your potential at any stage in your life.

I firmly believe that age should not hold us back from finding and doing work that we love. As one of my clients said to me today ‘it’s never too late to start living the life you want to live’.

If you want help to start living the life you want to by having the career you want get in touch for a free clarity call or join my 10 day career change challenge.

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How to stop being a perfectionist at work

Are you a perfectionist?  Do you work long hours, suffer from anxiety and never fully switch off? How exhausted are you from trying to be perfect at work?

Being a perfectionist makes you great at detail and delivering everything to a high quality. But it’s also a curse that means you find it hard to relax. You may find it hard to accept work that isn’t 100% perfect and can often spill over into your home life. Maybe it makes you a nightmare to live with!

Perfectionism can develop for a number of reasons.  Perhaps you were a child of a perfectionist. It can also stem from believing your self worth is determined by your achievements and therefore seek praise and acceptance. It can also be motivated by a fear of failure. If everything is perfect then you can’t fail and you can’t be vulnerable. The problem is you can push yourself too much to keep achieving at this high standard.

Is there an alternative to perfectionism?

But does it have to be that way? If, on a spectrum that spans 100% perfect at one end, to completely winging it at the other, you find yourself clinging to being a perfectionist, it may seem impossible to let that go.  But is there a third way?

Many years ago, I was struggling to balance my demanding career with motherhood, feeling like I wasn’t very good at either. I sought some help and worked with an excellent therapist who introduced me to the concepts of ‘good’ and ‘good enough’. This has stuck with me and has been a helpful guide to navigating some of life’s challenges.

These are important distinctions when thinking about your perfectionism. You can ask yourself ‘is this good enough?’ Good enough is not about delivering mediocre or low quality work. It’s just that not everything is worthy of or requires 100% of your time and energy.

A client I worked with recently was running herself ragged delivering everything at work, and at home, to perfect standards. She found ‘good enough’ revelatory and was able to identify certain, more routine, projects at work where she felt comfortable delivering ‘good enough’ work. This meant the difference in a piece of work taking her 30 mins instead of 2 hours. She also started applying this at home too, where she stopped spending half the weekend getting the family home looking perfect. This freed up time to spend with her family and gave herself some ‘me time’ which she was sorely missing. Once she began to embed this approach, she found it much easier to start enjoying her work again which brought its own rewards. She broke the cycle.

How can you break the cycle?

  • Start small: Identify 2 pieces of work where you can challenge yourself to deliver ‘good enough’
  • Define ‘good enough’ for you: what does it look like?
  • Allow yourself to experiment: focus on learning from the experience and don’t worry about making a mistake

Want more helping managing perfectionism listen here to my free webinar How to Beat Imposter Syndrome and Boost Your Career Success or book a clarity call here.

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Spring Clean your CV

Spring is here at last! Feeling a surge of energy as a result of the sunny days and brighter evenings you might think about decluttering the house and detoxing your diet in readiness for the Summer but what about your career?

Whether you are thinking of changing jobs or careers, or returning to work after having a break now is the time to direct a bit of energy to tidying up and spring cleaning your CV and job search.

Firstly, you need to find a space in your hectic schedule when you can dedicate enough time and energy to it. It is very easy to find other things to do when facing the prospect of rewriting your CV!

What can help is to visualise what you will achieve by spending the time on your CV, for example, if by changing jobs you will be able to afford a lovely holiday then find a picture of your holiday destination to remind yourself why you are doing this, or if it means something deeper, perhaps finding more meaning at work or reconnecting with your professional identity then find an image that sums this up to you.

So now you’ve accessed the motivation you need to work on your CV find the latest version and give it a critical review to assess how much work it actually needs. If you are changing career or have had a long career break then it may require quite an overhaul but if you’re looking to move to a similar job then it perhaps only needs a few tweaks.

Top tips to Spring Clean your CV

Layout:

CV styles and layouts do change over time so make sure you are presenting yours using the current approach for your sector so it doesn’t immediately look dated. Remember less is more 2 pages is a definite maximum – recruiters won’t have time to read more than that. The top half of the first page must have the most impact as this will determine whether they read on.

Presentation:

It must be easy to read – choose a clear font and use 11pt font size as a minimum, and make sure that it is not text dense – use bullet points, bold and headings to help your achievements stand out, and keep plenty of white space around the text and between categories which make it much easier on the eye. Spelling and grammar mistakes result in your CV being dismissed immediately so double check for errors.

Content:

Before you write your CV do your research – what are the key skills needed for the job you are looking for? What is important to the sector or kind of organisation you are going to be working in? for example, is it a busy, creative field? do you need knowledge of a particular area?

Now’s the time to develop the achievements that will help your CV stand out – employers are interested in what you did well in your last job, not in what your tasks or responsibilities were, for example, ‘Organised successful new product launch party for 50 clients, including PR and catering, resulting in 10 orders placed.’ This has much more impact than ‘Responsible for organising corporate events.’ If you can quantify your achievements and include some figures that creates extra impact.

Remember you don’t have to include everything you have ever done, and jobs further back in your career history may only require 1 or 2 key achievements.

Profile:

This is the summary at the top of the first page – make it specific, interesting and relevant to the job. Highlight the key skills and experiences you have and the kinds of environments you have worked in. You can even include things you are passionate about if it is relevant to the job.

Social Media:

Include a connection to your LinkedIn profile – do make sure your profile is up to date and consistent with your CV. If you searching for a creative role then having a portfolio on tumblr or pinterest and including a link to them on your CV is very useful for employers to see your work.

Tailor it for the Job:

Don’t be tempted to send the same CV out for different jobs – you have to tailor it for each job you apply for – write it in response to the specific advert – if you don’t you are just wasting your time as employers won’t be interested if you haven’t taken the time to make it specific to their job.

Impact:

Remember recruiters only spend about 20-30 seconds reading your CV on initial screening. Imagine your CV being read by someone in the organisation you want to work in – if they only remembered 3 things about you from your CV after the initial read what would you want those three things to be?

It may seem like a lot of work but it is a good investment of your time especially if it leads to a fantastic new job. So when you think about spring cleaning, don’t waste time on the windows, dust off and revitalise your CV instead!

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#PressforProgress

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year’s theme is #PressforProgress and is focused on advancing global gender parity. The definition of progress is ‘development towards an improved or more advanced condition’.

We women certainly have the drive for this – in 2018 we celebrate 100 years since some women got the right to vote, and we see the rise of the #metoo and #timesup movements. It may feel we still have a lot to do especially since the forecast for us achieving gender parity is 2095 but everything we do on a daily basis counts. From how we raise our sons and our daughters, how we respond to inequality in the workplace or how we demonstrate leadership we are making a difference.

What would you focus on?

If you could choose an area to make a difference in what would it be?

I’m keen to focus on helping women leaders develop. In 2016 in partnership with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, EY  undertook a comprehensive study of gender inequality in corporate leadership. The sample size was both massive and global, surveying nearly 22,000 organizations across a wide variety of industries in 91 countries. The results were clear and consistent: a company with female leaders will outperform a company with none. If 30% of a company’s senior teams are women, its net margin will be six percentage points higher than a company with no women in their executive teams – wow!

Other research shows that companies with women in 30% of the leadership positions have an increase in “innovation intensity”, that women are better at logical thinking, planning, coordination and problem solving. This is all powerful evidence that shows that gender parity impacts the bottom line. It is still surprising that many businesses are not developing female talent pipelines in order to capitalise on these benefits.

Do one thing you can do today to boost your own leadership potential

Gloria Steinem, feminist and journalist said “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” We all have to take responsibility for making big or small changes that will contribute to global parity. We can all be leaders – leaders in our own business, leaders in our community, leaders at work, leaders in our families, and we can all develop leadership abilities.

You can choose anything you like to boost your potential – I’m going to experiment. Cheryl Pinter-Veal, director of Partner Matters at Deloitte Services LP, said “Leadership is an R&D pilot all the time. You have to have the mindset that this is a laboratory and that all of these challenging experiences are opportunities to experiment. It can be a little scary—and it should. If you don’t have butterflies, you’re not learning.”

Don’t let Imposter syndrome or self doubt get in the way of your potential. I’m learning all the time in my business but I sense I need to push myself a bit more and up my game. I was recently asked about becoming a Trustee, which got me really excited, and while the organisation wasn’t right for me – the Trustee role is something I’m keen to explore.

The time is right for me to experiment with my business leadership and a community leadership role – what is right for you? Go on commit to something on International Women’s Day – make an intention to do something that contributes to your leadership potential.

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Best Podcasts to Boost your Career

How do you motivate yourself in your career? Whether you’re looking for development, progression or change it’s important to be inspired.  Yes, there are books you can read or seminars you can attend but there is a way that can fit easily into your daily commute, your fitness schedule or while you’re doing the ironing, and that is the career podcast!

Plus you can be spoilt for choice – there are so many good ones out there! I’ve rounded up a few that I really like and that cover different aspects of career but if these don’t hit the mark for you there are plenty more to choose from!

Best for Increasing your productivity

If work life balance or overwhelm is your biggest challenge then get more productive with Mike’s effective tips and techniques. He discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights – both at work and at home. He can help you change your habits or improve your time management.

Best episode to start with: Episode 151 Abundant productivity with Damion Lupo

Best for Practical Career Tips

This podcast focuses on specific actions you can take to increase your career success, whether that is how to be a team player or how to manage your manager. It is practical and useful and covers many work related topics.

Best episode to start with: Career Decisions and Personality ‘Tests’

  • Confident Conversations hosted by Sherry Bevan
  • This is a weekly show for ambitious women who want to confidently balance work and life without burning out. She covers career strategy to interview technique.Best episode to start with: CC053 Interview Skills : How to wow the interviewer
  • The Tim Ferris Show hosted by Tim Ferris

Each week Tim interviews a host of different people and extracts the tactics, tools and routines you can use to increase your success. This can include time management, morning routines and much more. He is known as the ‘Oprah of Audio’.

Best episode to start with: The 4 hour work week

A mix of expert interviews, presentations and training sessions on topics covering personal growth and career success.

Best episode to start with: Episode 47: How to Find a Job That You Won’t Hate

Expert interviews on a range of career topics from interview skills to career confidence.

Best episode to start with: Episode 113 Career Confidence

Best for career change

Learn how to embrace fear, insecurity, imperfection and intuition as the superpowers they are while navigating the pivot process.  Jenny is the author of Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One.

Best episode to start with: What’s more important to you than perfection?

Best for Inspiration

Top creative women leaders share their personal and professional journeys through deep and meaningful stories.

Best episode to start with: “What’s your purpose?” with Ruby Warrington.

Let me know what your favourite career podcast is …..

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Menopause & your Career: Is your hot flush holding you back?

It’s tough isn’t it? You’ve just reached the stage in your career when you should be feeling pretty secure and confident. You’re respected and you know your stuff. Then BAM! out of nowhere you’re suddenly peri-menopausal and experiencing a wide variety of symptoms that can leave you reeling.

Of course, everyone experiences the menopause differently but there is no manual to help you navigate the symptoms while you’re also navigating your career.

What is happening?

There are many different symptoms including:

  • tiredness and fatigue that leaves you wrung out and exhausted
  • memory loss and concentration, also know as ‘brain fog’ – your razor sharp cognitive skills suddenly seem rather blunt and you can’t even remember what you wore yesterday let alone decide what to wear today!
  • loss of confidence – feelings of anxiety and self doubt when combined with other symptoms can affect your confidence level
  • mood swings – similar to PMT feelings of anger and irritation can overwhelm you, or you can feel very low and tearful
  • hot flushes – suddenly feeling extremely overheated, sweating and flushed skin. While they pass quickly they can feel embarrassing especially in a meeting or with colleagues
  • bladder problems – urgently and frequently needing to go to the loo
  • sleep issues – night sweats and anxiety can mean sleep is  broken often compounding the fatigue
  • weight gain – especially around your middle which can affect your body confidence

How can you manage them so they don’t affect your career?

Luckily, due to a number of celebs, for example, Carole Vorderman and Nadia Sawalha being open about their experience of the menopause, it is now being talked about more openly. There is also an acknowledgement that workplaces can do more to support women experiencing symptoms. Interestingly the police force is one of the pioneers, offering support groups and private spaces for female officers experiencing difficulties with the menopause. However, if you’re not in a forward thinking organisation then here are some ways to get through the next few years successfully:

  1. Keep an eye on the temperature of your environment -make sure you can adjust the thermostat of your office or open a window if you need to.
  2. Wear light layers – clothes that you can remove easily to cool down but that still look stylish to maintain your confidence. Lauren from Lauren Manville Style has a great blog with  practical suggestions for looking good at work during the menopause. This will really help to boost your confidence too, if you know you look good, and can cope with any increases in temperature
  3. Talk to your boss – explain what you’re struggling with and why, and ask for their support. Most managers will be sympathetic and prepared to help, and if they understand what is going on it is unlikely to become an  issue if you’re not operating at peak performance all the time.
  4. Eat well – have a good protein breakfast such as eggs on toast, and eat healthy snacks through the day. Keeping your blood sugar stable will help with mood swings and energy, and enable you to make it through the day. It will also help with concentration too, so definitely worth planning your food at work for the week.
  5. Relax – make time for mindfulness or yoga, something that will help you manage stress effectively. The less stressed you feel the less the other symptoms will be exacerbated.
  6. Have a strategy – if you’re worried about losing  it and snapping at a colleague or, that you’ll forget what you’re going to say half way through a meeting or presentation, have a strategy. Work out what you’re going to do or say should that situation occur. Having a plan, and being aware of what could happen will reassure you you can cope should a difficult situation arise, and makes it less likely that it will happen.
  7. Boost your confidence – going through the menopause can knock your confidence so make a conscious effort to find ways to give yourself a regular boost and avoid negative self talk – more tips on how to do this here.

The menopause is a natural stage of aging, and in many cultures is a celebration of accrued wisdom, so make sure you look after yourself to reduce the impact on your career and your confidence. Get support if you need to from your doctor, and let’s carry on talking about this stage in life to make it more visible and acceptable.

If you’re struggling with how this life stage is impacting your career or your confidence do get in touch for some 121 support.

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What’s your ‘intelligence’ type? How can it help your career?

What is your intelligence type? Not sure? Not surprising, school has a lot to answer for, tending to pigeon hole us into either linguistic or mathematical  intelligence, for example, were you told you were ‘good with words’ or ‘good with numbers’?

Actually there are up to  8 different types of intelligence according to academic Howard Gardner outlined in his Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Increasing your self-awareness through understanding your intelligence type can be another piece in the jigsaw of knowing how to make your career rewarding or how to choose the career that is a match for you. It can also boost your confidence by revealing what your gift or element could be.

Gardner’s theory is not without critics though, some feel there is a lack of empirical data to support his claims, which could also be synonymous with personality types. Bear that in mind, but if they have resonance for you then they are going to be useful in identifying work that can draw on your intelligence type.

What are the intelligence types?

  • Musical-rhythmic: You have sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones, and music. People with a high musical intelligence normally have good pitch or possibly perfect pitch, and are able to sing, play musical instruments, and compose music.
    • typical careers: musician, DJ, music therapist, sound engineer
  • Visual-spatial: You have good spatial judgment and the ability to visualize with the mind’s eye.
    • typical careers: pilot, architect, interior designer, engineer
  • Verbal-linguistic: You have high verbal-linguistic intelligence and an easiness with words and languages. You are typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words along with dates.
    • typical careers: writer, speaker, translator, politician, journalist, lawyer
  • Logical-mathematical: You are strong in logic, abstractions, reasoning, numbers and critical thinking. Logical reasoning is also closely linked to fluid intelligence and to general intelligence.
    • typical careers: mathematician, analyst, programmer, scientist, detective
  • Bodily-kinaesthetic: You are in control of your bodily motions and the capacity to handle objects skillfully. This also includes a sense of timing, a clear sense of the goal of a physical action, along with the ability to train responses. People who have high bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence should be generally good at physical activities such as sports, dance, acting, and making things.
    • typical careers: athlete, doctor, actor, fireman
  • Interpersonal: You are sensitivite to others’ moods, feelings, temperaments, motivations, and their ability to cooperate in order to work as part of a group. Those with high interpersonal intelligence communicate effectively and show empathy for others, and may be either leaders or followers. You often enjoy discussion and debate.
    • typical careers: sales, leader, teacher, entrepreneur
  • Intrapersonal: This area has to do with introspective and self-reflective capacities. You have a deep understanding of the self; what your strengths or weaknesses are, what makes you unique, being able to predict your own reactions or emotions.
    • typical careers: coach, psychologist, philosopher
  • Naturalistic: You are able to nurture and relate information to your natural surroundings. Examples include classifying natural forms such as animal and plant species and rocks and mountain types. This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers and this ecological receptiveness is deeply rooted in a “sensitive, ethical, and holistic understanding” of the world and its complexities – including the role of humanity within the greater eco-sphere.
    • typical careers: vet, environmentalist, chef, horticulturalist

Try it out

My top 3 intelligences are intrapersonal, interspersonal and linguistic which are perfect for being a coach and author! If you want to find out what your ‘type’ is take the test. Remember there are no right or wrong answers,just as there is no ‘best’ type.Value your top 3 intelligences and consider how you use them at work currently. If you find you’re not using them in your current job then you need to think about how you can include them more in your daily life. If that’s not possible then maybe it’s time to think about a change.

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Want to get your career in shape for 2019? Take my festive quiz

How healthy is your career? Is it feeling a bit flabby and out of condition? Well now’s the time to get ready to knock it into shape and give it a bit of a work out!

Take my festive quiz to work out what to focus on in 2019.

The Office Christmas party is tomorrow – are you:

  1. Dreading it – it’s the same people every year and the same venue – yawn!
  2. Really excited – you can’t wait to have a laugh with all your work mates
  3. Going to go for the champagne and canapes but planning on sneaking off after an hour ‘cos you just don’t connect with people there anymore
  4. In a state – you’ve got nothing to wear!

This year’s Secret Santa pressies are all experiences rather than things – you’re really hoping it’s:

  1. An Assertiveness course so you get better at saying ‘no’ to work you shouldn’t have to do
  2. A Leadership course – you’re ready to develop further and understanding the theory would be good
  3. An opportunity to volunteer in the community with a homeless charity – you want to do something meaningful at least once
  4. A presentation course to boost your confidence when speaking in the team meeting

You’ve got a week off over Christmas what are your plans:

  1. Sleep for as much as possible you’re exhausted
  2. Work on my CV – January’s a great time to look for jobs
  3. Read ‘Thrive’ by Arianna Huffington to get some ideas
  4. Go sale shopping – you can get some great bargains on Boxing Day

When you pull your cracker at the work Christmas lunch you get:

  1. A pair of dice
  2. A keyring in the shape of a heart
  3. A miniature bird in a gilded cage
  4. A manicure set

Your partner asks you what you want for Christmas and you answer:

  1. A new boss – your current one is a nightmare
  2. A new job – it’s time for a change and a promotion
  3. A new career – you want to fulfill your dream at last
  4. A new work wardrobe – you hate your current look

Quiz Results

Now add up your scores and work out what 2019 means for your career.

Mostly 1’s

You can leave your career to chance and make changes only when something goes wrong or you can’t bear it any longer. Next year focus on identifying what you want from your career and then planning to get it – moving towards a goal is much more motivating than trying to escape from a situation.

Mostly 2’s

You have a very positive outlook to your career, love your job and are open to opportunities – you know where you’re heading. Next year focus on keeping your motivation and energy high to achieve the role you want, and work on building your networks.

Mostly 3’s

You’re a bit trapped in your current career – the perks are good but you want to do something that makes your heart sing and gives you purpose. Next year focus on working out what that is going to be – don’t waste anymore time in a job you don’t love. Set yourself a goal for when you’re going to change careers.

Mostly 4’s

You’re feeling a bit unconfident in your career at the moment, and this is impacting how successful you feel. Next year, focus on becoming more self assured at work. Collect examples of what you are doing well at work, ask to go on some confidence boosting courses and start to believe in yourself.

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