A whole near year ahead

Happy New Year from all at 10Eighty!

The year ahead is full of possibilities, opportunities, challenges, learning and growth. Whether you made a list of resolutions, or have simply resolved to do what you can, the start of a new year is a good to time to review your career plan.

You know it makes sense to plan ahead but most people just let their career happen. We like certainty, and become comfortable in our jobs, we are lulled into a false sense of security where it is easier to hope nothing will change and there is no need to plan for change.

If you were made redundant tomorrow would you be ready to tackle the job market? Do you have the skills and expertise the market wants? Is your CV up to date, your elevator pitch fluent and convincing? Don’t kid yourself you won’t be made redundant, things change and acquisitions are a fact of life. Organisational restructuring means cost savings and job losses, expect to see more of such activity in 2017! Be ready for what life throws at you.

Plan ahead

Be prepared to deal with the unexpected. Be alert to changes in your work environment. Network assiduously, whatever your employment status, so you are well-informed and can call on your network when you need to find a new role.

At 10Eighty we advocate undertaking a regular ‘career MOT’ – review last year, assess what you learned, evaluate your achievements and any new responsibilities you assumed. If you are not learning you are not growing, are you treading water rather than making progress? Update your CV as a matter of course.

Focus on your career and decide where you want to be and what you want to achieve in terms of personal development this year. Commit your plan to writing and keep it somewhere handy so you can refer to it at intervals and monitor your progress.

As a starting point we could characterise this very simply:

  • Plan – focus on objectives, the imperative, urgent, needed and nice to have
  • Prioritise – design strategies to achieve those objectives
  • Perform – then focus on getting things done, a plan is great but you need to act on it

10Eighty career management tips

Make the most of your career opportunities in 2017:

  • Use some lateral thinking around how and where your skills and experience may be useful. Don’t think of career progression simply in terms of promotion; you may miss valuable opportunities with such a narrow focus. You may be an expert in your area of work but it’s smart to appreciate that developing skills such as project management or effective communication skills may offer benefits and opportunities.
  • Expand your knowledge base – are your qualifications up to date? A new challenge may expand your horizons, think about researching training opportunities and costs, and consider whether new qualifications will help you to ‘sell’ yourself at interview. Look at the qualifications others in your field hold, and take advice from colleagues or a mentor as to which may improve your employability.
  • Be open to the possibilities. There is often more to a role than meets the eye in a job description and an informal chat with a hiring manager or HR manager could provide important contextual information. Be ready when an opportunity presents itself.

The average Briton spends 100,000 hours at work during their lifetime so making a good job of it will really make a difference to your health, happiness and career prospects.

Michael is Chief Executive of 10Eighty. 10Eighty is a career and talent management consultancy that helps organizations maximize the contribution of their employees by ensuring satisfying jobs and careers for their employees. Michael is a Human Resources professional, having worked in the National Health Service, Insurance, Commodities and Derivatives industries. He has worked within the career coaching business for fifteen years, both managing a £7 million business and delivering bespoke, one to one career coaching. In the last 15 years Michael has run businesses that have helped 75,000 people make successful career transitions. He is a frequent commentator in the press/media, which includes a range of topics on “successfully managing your career” and talent management. Most recent media mentions have included BBC South, CNBC, Radio4, Financial Times, City AM, Financial News, Evening Standard, The Sunday Times, The Grapevine and HR Magazine, to name but a few. He writes a careers column for People Management, a blog for the Human Resources Magazine and is a regular contributor to The Thompson Reuters HR Portal. Michael is known as a thought provoking speaker in the HR industry. In the last 18 months, Michael spoke at the Careers Partner International Conference, NHS breakthrough conference, NHS North West Leadership Academy, London School of Economics, University of Westminster’s Talent Management Conference, ICAEW Finance Directors Conference, CIPD learning and development conference and CIPD branch seminars. He is also Chair of the CIPD’s Central London Branch. Additionally is a non executive director of Marshall ACM, an e-learning company and the Total Reward Group, a compensation and benefits consultancy. Michael plans to publish his book “The guide to everlasting employability” in the Autumn 2012. He has just launched an iphone app “careers snakes and ladders” and an online interactive version of the book in collaboration with Marshall ACM to coincide the launch of his new business 10Eighty. Michael has a degree in Economics, a MBA from Warwick Business School and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He holds an accreditation from the British Psychological Society for the use of psychometrics. Michael has completed the Fairplace Internal Accreditation Programme, the training element of which is externally recognised by the Association for Coaching. Michael Moran was until January 2012 Chief Executive of Fairplace and a main board director of Savile plc, the career and talent management consultancy. Fairplace is part of the Savile Group, an AIM listed plc. The Savile Group was placed 16th in the Sunday Times top 100 small companies in 2010.

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