Your Career Checklist

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When was the last time you sat down and reviewed to what extent you are meeting your career objectives?

And I don’t mean your annual review with your line manager; I’m talking about your deeply personal career goals and intentions.

Wherever you are in your career journey, it is a good idea to periodically analyse your current position depending on where you want to be. When you dig a little deeper, is everything on track and working out as you expected? Or do you need to make some changes in order to meet your goals?

To help you measure if your career is progressing as you envisaged when you started out, we have created the following checklist to provide you with a snapshot of whether you’re on the right track.

  • When you work through this checklist, it is essential to remember the reasons you got into your current role in the first place.
  • What did you set out to achieve in your career – did you plan on making a certain amount of money in a specific timeframe?
  • Was your move into your current role related to what was going on in your personal life? For example, were you about to leave home, get married or were you saving for a deposit for a house?
  • And also, what is important to you about the company you work for? Do you fit in with your company’s culture? Do you have a good working relationship with your colleagues and managers?

If your current role or company is not fulfilling you in the way you had hoped, or if the pace has slowed down recently, it could be a sign that you need to start making some big career decisions – is it time to move organisations?

Read each statement below and decide on how much you agree, using the following scale –

1 – Strongly disagree

2 – Disagree

3 – Neutral

4 – Agree

5 – Strongly agree

So, let’s get started!

Career Checklist

1 – Strongly disagree

2 – Disagree

3 – Neutral

4 – Agree

5 – Strongly agree

  Questions 1 2 3 4 5
1. I am progressing the way I want in my career          
2. I have achieved some of my career goals, and others are within reach          
3. I enjoy my work and look forward to going in each day          
4. The people I work with are very supportive and friendly          
5. I feel like a valued member of the team I work within          
6. My manager gives me the right balance between support/guidance and working under my initiative          
7. I feel I make a difference within the company I work for, rather than just being a number          
8. The company I work for really invests in supporting me to achieve my goals          
9. I can see a clear progression path within my current company          
10. I am happy with the level of training and personal development offered by my current employer          
11. The company I work for believes in me and trusts me to do my job well          
12. I feel that my company enables and supports my focus          
13. I am recognised and rewarded for my work          
14. The sector I work in really interests me          
15. I am happy with the location of and commute to my place of work          
16. I feel my company offer a fair and competitive commission structure (if applicable)          
17. The monetary remuneration I receive has enabled me to achieve goals in my personal life (i.e. buy a house, go on my dream holiday, etc.)          
18. I feel I have the right work/life balance working for my current company          
19. I am happy with the way my working day is structured          
20. I can see myself staying with this company for a long time          
  Totals          

Results

What did you score?

Tally up what you scored and take a look below at some of the points you may want to consider when thinking about how you want your career to progress in the future:

20-40

Alarm Bells!
This score says your career isn’t going to plan, and you are probably not enjoying your current role. We suggest thinking about why you aren’t enjoying your position or not achieving what you want. It might be time for you to move on or think about whether your current company or role is for you. Do you need a more supportive environment, better career progression, or even a change of sector?

41-60

Room for More
A better score, which suggests you enjoy aspects of your job, but there’s lots of room for improvement. For example, you might like the people you work with, but you feel you aren’t personally getting the support you need to achieve your career and personal goals. You need to consider if you can see changes happening in your current company by speaking to your manager, or if you feel working here has run its course and to progress, you need to move on.

61-80

Meeting Some Goals
You’re neither very happy nor unhappy, though you wouldn’t describe yourself as completely engaged. Which means that if the right opportunity came your way, you would consider it. When you feel this way, sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. You need to decide if you want to move, why is this? Understand if it’s just a case of you only feel like this when you have a bad day or if it’s more often.

81+

Loving Life and Your Job
You are achieving your goals, meeting targets and enjoy the place you work. There may be small elements that you feel could be better, but they aren’t big enough to make you think about working somewhere else. However, we suggest you don’t become complacent. Sometimes, being in a company for too long can demotivate you in the long run. If you’ve been working with the same company for a while, is it time for a fresh challenge with new people?

If this checklist has prompted you to think harder about what your current role and company are providing you with, and it has made you realise that now is time for a change, then get in touch with us here at Ice Recruitment today.

We have been helping candidates like yourself make positive career decisions for many years, and we can help you in deciding what step to take next to further your career.

Neo Pedrithes & Rachel Pedrithes

Neo Pedrithes, MD ice Recruitment Ltd
Rachel Pedrithes, Director Ice Recruitment Ltd

We both started life in the corporate world.

Prior to Ice Recruitment, Neo was a Sales Director in the IT channel working at Insight, Misco and Kelway. This puts Neo in a unique position to find you the right people for your industry.

Rachel began her career as an internal HR / internal recruiter and consultant at companies including Norman Broadbent, Freshfields Solicitors and Argyle Recruitment. She worked with a number of large blue chip organisations including Microsoft, Worldcom and UUNet.

Ice Recruitment has gone from strength to strength in the past 10 years working with many companies including Computacenter, Capita & many more.

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