Though many of us are happy to splash out on the latest smartphone or tablet to make both our personal and professional lives easier, there aren’t many of us that will actually invest in the most important thing of all: ourselves and our careers. At a time when a third of the UK’s workforce is unhappy in their jobs, it seems strange that there is a reluctance among many to actually do something about it.
Though employment figures are on the rise, it seems more of you than ever before are unhappy with your jobs.
It doesn’t matter how old we get, many of us still have those nagging doubts when it comes to our jobs.
Is it time for a change? Should I be doing something more rewarding? Am I on the wrong career path entirely?
A number of my clients that are facing a career transition are senior managers and executives. When working with them to prepare for job interviews, I often ask them to tell me what they think the difference is between leadership and management. This question gets a number of answers. Most answers focus on leadership as how they inspire others and make them feel “passionate” or “energetic” rather than technical expertise and process.
My colleagues and I were talking about what messages are going to be important to our coaching clients in 2011. After all, it is a new decade and 2010 is so last year.
Ariana Huffington on TED summarised our sentiments succinctly. She advocates Sleeping your way to the Top! Enjoy and think about what it can do you for in 2011 …
Opportunity knocks and you eagerly seize the chance to change career and re-invent yourself. At your first networking event, you launch into your new pitch and someone who knew you in your previous career raises a quizzical eyebrow. You stumble, lose momentum and sit down with sweaty palms. Your mind starts racing – "What am I known for? What will people say about me when I leave the room?"
The Work Foundation’s latest report states that the recession has accelerated structural change within the economy; they predict that future growth will be led by technology and knowledge-intensive industries as service industries continue to grow.