While it is wise to get a checkup annually from your doctor, it can be equally important to do the same for your career. Doing so can lead to being a healthier, more joyful worker in your current job or a new one. Have you had your career checkup? Here are healthy action steps for your 2019 checkup:
How is your work life going? Are there any changes that you would like to make? (For example, an increase in salary by requesting a raise; a request for working from home part-time; or perhaps searching for a brand-new career.)
Whether your work is a good fit or not, writing down your top accomplishments and all the ways that God has blessed you within work will help you to appreciate what happened this last year and prepare you for success in 2019.
To help you reflect on your career health, complete the free career fit checkup. This tool will give you a score that can help you to consider any changes that you may want to make.
Assessing your design should be an annual event. Who am I? What is my God-given design? What do I enjoy doing, what do I value, what motivates me, what brings me a sense of fulfillment and meaning? What gifts and abilities has God given to me to use in this world? What needs, issues and/or causes do I find compelling and desire to address in my work?
God has created you to be a unique individual, with a specific design of abilities and interests. His desire is for you to work out of your design; that is, find work that utilizes what you love to do. He wants you to experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from doing the work He created you to do. In so doing, you glorify Him. To work out of your design, however, you must know what it is. One of the most effective way to discover and/or reassess your understanding of your design is through an assessment process which can include career tests, exercises, etc. You can do this through the Christian Career Center through professional career testing or on your own using the Career Fit Test.
You can only choose from opportunities that you are aware of. Knowing your design can help to explore new options through using tools like the ONET, OOH, LinkedIn and informational interviewing which involves talking to people that are in careers that could be of interest to you.
Education can be formal or informal depending on what your goals are. Spend some time researching the different options that will help you in changing jobs and/or excelling in your current career area. Here is a great article on how to learn anything faster and better.
Associations can also be a part of your training and development. Many associations have websites that include resources for learning new skills. By Googling the name of the career area that you are pursuing followed by the work “association” you should be able to find some of the best associations to get involved with. Once you find an association’s website, take time to explore if they have a local chapter you could get involved with and if they have resources for growing in your career field.
The “big six” marketing tools will help you connect with employers, get interviews and ultimately receive job offers and promotions. These “big six” marketing tools will prepare you to conduct an effective job search and/or market yourself to your clients and customers. The “big six” marketing tools are:
Ninety percent of employers will google your name. What will they find? Does your LinkedIn profile, Facebook and any other online presence represent you well? Take action to polish you’re your online presence to present your best professional self.
Challenge within your work life needs to be balanced by support for you to have growth in your career. Too much challenge and not enough support and you will probably be stressed and anxious. Low amounts of challenge with lots of support and you will probably be bored. Do you need to add more support or challenge or both?
Your network can be one of your best support tools if you take time to nurture it. This can be as simple as sending a colleague an article that they may find helpful or asking a friend to go out for coffee. Do this with the mindset of not what is in it for you but rather what you can do for someone else. Zig Ziglar was known for saying, "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want."
These eight action steps can help you to have a healthy and rewarding career in 2019.