An MOT analogy for your career is a good one because you need to take time out and carry out a self-appraisal on a regular basis. Ask yourself these questions: Is your career on track? Is the direction you are going in still the right one? Do you really have 25 years of experience, or one year’s experience replicated 25 times?
Take charge of your career
It is your responsibility to manage your career and not that of the organisation you work for, even though they may have career and talent management policies and programmes. They may be good at engaging and developing staff (if they are not, you should be looking around anyway) but don’t be beguiled into thinking that being loyal will be sufficient when times are tough.
Perhaps you feel you’ve reached a career ceiling but still have the drive and tenacity to rise further. You want to move on to fresh challenges and higher levels of creativity. Or maybe your career, even if successful, has lost its charm over time.
Maximise your potential
Don’t let your career just drift and don’t wait to be noticed. Take a proactive, targeted approach to maximise your potential and you’ll get more fulfilment from its challenges. Whole new perspectives open up when you open your eyes to what’s beyond the boundaries of the world you have always worked in.
You are responsible for your own future. The Career MOT will take time but that’s OK – we all need thinking time to focus and reflect every now and then. The career plan you envisaged when you started out may no longer be relevant now. That’s fine. You can start over.
Career MOTs and other employability issues are covered in ‘The Guide to Everlasting Employability’ by Michael Moran & Linda Jackson, which is currently available on lulu.com. Just follow this link to get your paperback copy via lulu.com.
Linda Jackson discusses the importance of Career MOTs: