Updated: Aug 26, 2021
According to Forbes, a staggering 66% of employees worldwide are either not engaged or are actively disengaged in their job. The article goes on to say that despite this disengagement, most employees don’t report that they hate their jobs. More often, they lack passion for their roles and don’t care enough to innovate, create, or put anything more into their jobs than the bare minimum.
What does that mean? 66% of us don’t care about what we do, as long as we clear the paycheck? That’s too depressing a thought, surely? Another random fact I stumbled upon when researching this article is that most of us will change careers six to seven times throughout our professional life. So what drives the decision to change jobs or the choice to stay? Where do you start if you want to change lanes completely and how do you weigh the options in front of you? If you’re asking where and how to start, I might be able to help;
Have a ‘Noah’ moment with yourself and ask ‘What do you want?’
The first crucial step is to reexamine yourself. Spend some time thinking about what it is you want. Do you want to drive your way into a C-Suite role or do you prefer a 9-5 which is engaging but less demanding? How important is work/life balance in regards to where you are in your career? Do you like being physical, keeping active? Do you thrive in data? Are you drawn to healthcare or serving the community through a government post? Do you enjoy talking to people, selling products, creating products? The first step is to start this process as you would a holiday. Key components; climate, geography, food. What countries align with those specific requirements? Planning your next career step is no different, apply the same logic to this exercise, then align your strengths and passions with the core competencies of the job role.
There are zero excuses for you to ever go into a job or industry blind these days. In a world of Google, Glassdoor (the Yelp or TrustPilot for company reviews) and YouTube, you have every piece of information you need to research your selection of new roles and or industry.
Education and development is not a passive exercise. If you’ve decided to change lanes and identify a gap between your current skill set and the required skills for you to enter your new path, go and learn them! Coursera, Udemy, LinkedIn Learning are all fantastic sources that will bolster your repertoire. More and more of us are starting to recognise the value of e-learning with the Global E-learning market projected at $144 Billion in 2019.
I’m a huge advocate for podcasts too. Especially Ryan Hawk’s, The Learning Leader. I don’t often listen to a show and not have an ‘Ah-Ha’ (thanks Oprah) moment. Get a mentor or business/life coach, we have a few options within our own network, Mandy Dale Coaching and Michelle Ashby to name a few. Go and meet the women in the WIBBC network via our 'Water Cooler' space, Instagram, LinkedIn or our Facebook Community Group. Blinkist is another great tool that condenses books into either audio or summarised written ‘blinks’ for you to ingest and mull over when you’re on the go or are limited on time.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” - Leonardo Da Vinci
Life is too short for mediocrity, if you don’t like something, change it! If you need help starting, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d love to help!
Written by Mary Ball