Personal work and career preferences change and develop over time. Moreover, society and the world of work is rapidly changing. Skills and knowledge which were highly required 10 years ago may not be relevant now anymore. New jobs, gigs and careers are emerging. Large corporates minimise their management levels and outplace them, systematically reducing the number of management positions. Increasing numbers of senior professionals choose the path of independence or business ownership. These developments are exciting and threatening at the same time. Some considerations for being a professional and increasing the value and fulfilling the work preferences.
Regular career evaluation: what’s the opportunity and the ambition?
Each professional has an asset – maybe more – his professional competences and experiences. Businesses, corporates or government organisations are clients for these assets. Regular evaluating that market for the ‘professional asset’ will tell you what opportunities there are and how they have been evaluating in the last couple of years and possibly in the next years.
Regularly evaluating the quality of work and life certainly is part of it. Research shows that current professionals make 2 to 3 pivotal career switches during their professional lives. Personal development or change in circumstances may be the cause of the decision to pivot. Career evaluation leads to asking the harsh questions about passions, the meaning of work and career, money, prospects, a responsibility to loved-ones, confidence in one’s own abilities, what are the competences to name a few.
It is an evaluation process that maybe just an update or may require some deep diving. Don’t hesitate to talk to your best friend or to a professional career advisor. Why not take the time to do it right, because making the right decision will hugely add to finding and fulfilling dreams in work and life.
Education as part of career evaluation and career change
When pivoting to a new career or aspiring a next career level, the educational level is one of the only accredited and proven ways of demonstrating the level of thinking and competences. Analysing your learning in workplaces, courses, CPD’s, studies including the value of the certificates, diplomas and degrees is certainly part of career evaluation. At the same time, your accredited certificates, diplomas and degrees add to the asset the professional has. They prove that an individual is competent to operate successfully on a certain level in a certain area of business. Sometimes the experience level mismatches the educational certificate: the professional gained the experience on-the-job and functions on a Bachelor or Master level without that degree.
In times of change, either personal or on the employment market, career evaluation every couple of years is necessary. At MacArthur Institute we contribute to these analyses for our clients and when appropriate we undertake Professional Capability Assessments leading to accredited recognition of Bachelor or Master level. If you want to know more: please visit our recognition pages or just contact us