In today’s world your career may involve many different roles across a number of organisations. Even if you are the kind of person who prefers to stay put, at some point you are likely to face sudden unexpected change. Therefore it’s essential to be prepared. It will make a big difference to your career if you can maintain your appetite to try new things, keep your network active, and regularly review your career goals.
Think about the following questions to check your career health.
It covers seven dimensions that are key to building a successful and personally satisfying career. These are taken from our comprehensive career health check tool – CareerPulse. Rate yourself out of 3 for each question.
1. Stretch yourself
How regularly do you step out of your comfort zone to acquire new experiences, skills and knowledge?
2. Know yourself
How confidently can you explain your career interests, motivations and the value you can add?
3. Adapt to change
How confident are you that your skills will be relevant in the future, and that you can adapt to new situations?
4. Spot the opportunities
How good are you at identifying or creating work opportunities for yourself?
5. Build your network
How firmly do you have in place relationships that provide support, advice and encouragement?
6. Build your brand
How visibly does your (internal and external) reputation demonstrate your abilities, knowledge and experience?
7. Reflect and plan
How regularly do you set aside time to reflect on what you’ve learnt, and plan your career goals?
Taking stock of your career health is an important first step in managing your career. Looking at your results which areas do you need to work on the most? Where are you doing well? Can you build on these strengths?
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Or, refer us to your HR manager. You can do a full self-assessment if your employer or professional institute provides you with access to the Ci Zone.
The CiZone is an online platform to help people think about their career and working life. Features include:
- A career healthcheck (CareerPulse™)
- Comprehensive tools and resources for career exploration
- A Career Map Explorer tool that enables organisations to communicate career paths