Have you ever asked yourself this question, “Is this job something you really want?” Other than slogging your 9am to 6pm for that salary, do you see yourself doing this and being at it till retirement? Do you have any idea on what you should do to reach your ideal career?

Most people do not have a plan with regards to their career direction. They wait for things to happen. They wait for opportunities. If you are still unsure on how your career direction should go, let’s go through the thinking process together today.

Choice of Career Direction

Depending on your current position and your goal, there are different strategies to take.

1. Remaining in the current role

Staying in the current role does not mean that the job scope will always have to be the same. You can request to redesign your current job scope to cater to your interest while still benefiting the organization. For example, from doing product marketing to company branding activities.

If you are already satisfied with your current job, there is no need to force a change. Some people prefer to be competent in what they are doing and avoid creating unnecessary disruptions in their daily life.

2. Vertical

After working for several years, most people aspire to move into management-level role for various reasons, probably a passion for nurturing new associates, a higher remuneration or as a steppingstone to an even higher role. However, this usually comes with greater responsibility and commitment. The vertical move could be internal or to another organization.

3. Horizontal

If your current job scope is not desirable, you can consider moving horizontally to a similar level role of a different job scope if you are equipped with the necessary skills. For example, from a technical engineer moving to become a sales representative. A horizontal move to a role that is less stressful may be desirable for someone seeking work-life balance as well.

You can consider moving horizontally for strategic reasons to gain experience and skills for a future role. For example, a marketing executive moving into a communications role in preparation of a marcomms role in the future.

4. Career Change

This may include taking a leap of faith into a totally new job which you may not be competent in. People usually do this for their passion and taking a pay cut for that can be common. For example, an accountant who decides to seek her passion in culinary and becomes a chef.

This can also include starting a business and becoming an entrepreneur.

Things to take note of

You may or may not be equipped with the skills required for the move and therefore going for upgrading courses or further education may be necessary. With technological advancement, our current skill sets may become obsolete very quickly. Therefore, it is vital for us to keep ourselves relevant in the job market.

If you are unsure, seek professional help to craft out your plans. Go for networking sessions to see how the others are progressing in their careers and perhaps you might be able to chance upon some opportunities while networking too.

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