5 career-advancing questions to ask yourself

5 career-advancing questions to ask yourself

Is your career at a standstill? Below are 5 questions that you should be asking yourself along with tips on how to give your career a boost.

1. What do I really want to do?

I like my job but I could use a change of pace. Take a few minutes to make lists of what you enjoy most and least about your work.

Then, let your imagination run wild! Think about what you’d like to continue doing, what you want to stop doing and what you’d like to start doing.

Write down everything that comes to mind, even if it’s unrealistic. Who knows, maybe it will lead to something that is.

2. What can I offer a company?

As Socrates would say: Know Thyself.

Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. Identify your comfort zones (areas you excel in) as well as your danger spaces.

This exercise is about your qualities and shortcomings – what makes you you.

Are you generous? Ambitious? Lazy (when it comes to performing certain tasks)? Be objective and call it like you see it.

This will tell you what you should do to turn a weakness into a strength and enable you to reach your objective. There’s no use sticking your head in the sand!

You should also ask a colleague or a friend, or even your spouse. Their answers may surprise and enlighten you.

3. What skills am I lacking?

Find out what knowledge or skills you’ll need to make a successful career change.

Then, take action!

How?

  • Books
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Discussion groups
  • Internships

Why not consider going back to school? For example, if you would like a management role, you might want to take a few university classes to learn the basics. You can always take more classes to hone your skills.

Remember, a career change doesn’t have to happen overnight. However, doing this will put you on a path to your objective and motivate you to keep going.

4. I have doubts... who can help me?

A professional coach can accompany you in your career change.

A coach’s role? To enable you to reach concrete and quantifiable results by helping you learn and improve your performance, both on personal and professional levels.

Mentors can also be valuable allies. Thanks to their years of experience, they will be able to ask you the right questions so you can make the best decisions.

Many companies offer mentorships—some are even free—so, be sure to ask.

You can also ask a person you know, whose career path you’d like to emulate, to serve as your mentor.

5. When?

What better time than now! No excuses.

You don’t have to wait for your youngest to start school or for a special project to be finished.

Tell your boss about your aspirations and discuss the possibilities.

Many companies will even pay for training and schooling.

If there are no opportunities at your current job, then look for a new one or even consider starting your own business.