The Career roadblock – and getting back on track
The strategy in career re-development is much the same as the strategy for launching your initial career [follow the links under the “Career Goals” tab on the NavBar] – but this time you have many more skills and experiences [some good, some bad] you can draw on.
So try the following strategy.
Re-evaluate your career
If you do decide to change jobs or careers, make sure you resign from your current job with dignity and whatever you do – don’t burn any bridges on the way out! You never know when you’ll run into your current work colleagues again.
Explain your reasons for wanting to move on, express your appreciation for the opportunities and experiences gained from your current job and ask for a reference.
Working with your Strengths and Weaknesses
What are your strengths? And use these to your advantage.
And take some time to work on your weaknesses, particularly if they involve technology gaps. It’s important to be up to date on the latest developments in your chosen career, and if you’ve been out of the loop for a while – do some catching up!
Turn the ‘bad’ into something good
Unfortunately, some of us do things that we later regret – and that’s just part of life, but it can become a problem if it limits your future career opportunities.
But don’t despair - even if you have made one of those ‘career limiting’ mistakes, there are ways of turning this around into something positive. Your career may well stall at this career roadblock for a while, but there is hope in rekindling your career into something great.
Employers generally take heed when someone has obviously learnt from their mistakes, and particularly if they show humility and remorse for any grief caused.
Most importantly, rebuild those burnt bridges – in most professions, word gets out if you’ve had a fall out with a previous employer or work colleague. So if you’re guilty of this, it’s important to rebuild these relationships. Regardless of the circumstances around what happened, you need to apologise for your role in the fall-out. Don't let a simple misunderstanding between colleagues be a permanent career roadblock.
And don't be afraid to get professional advice on dealing with a career roadblock - it could mean the difference between getting stuck in a detour or getting back on the right track.
You Are the Cause and the Effect