Where do you want to go?
Choosing a holiday destination is exciting, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. Some people put a pin in a globe (with their eyes closed!), others draw lots out of a hat or select a location based on recommendations from friends or the many travel lists that appear in newspapers such as ‘101 places to go before you die’. Then there are those who want to try somewhere new having been enticed by television adverts or glossy brochures.
A large number of people simply return to the same place each year, because they are creatures of habit afraid to venture out of their comfort zone and try something new. What do you do and why?
Deciding where to go next on your career path is even more difficult, as you are going somewhere for a lot longer than a couple of weeks or six months, so you need to consider the options carefully.
The 21st century career map presents a myriad of destinations, which can seem mind boggling. You can be employed on a full-time, part-time, temporary, permanent or project basis. You may even choose to work for someone during the week and run a side venture in the evenings and at weekends. Alternatively, you may decide to take the leap and go freelance or run your own business. You also need to think about the industry you work in and whether you want to explore a different one.
Whatever you decide, taking a carefully considered approach and researching options versus making a move on a whim will best serve your short to long term career aspirations.
The reality is that many people ‘fall into’ a career, which is not always a bad thing, particularly at the start of your journey when you don’t have a clear notion of what lies out there. However, as you progress through your career simply ‘waiting to see what comes along’ or doing what someone else thinks is good for you, will eventually lead to frustration and dissatisfaction.