Keen to progress in your career? Knowing your current state is key!

I recently wrote a blog over on my TashTasticNZ site on some of the key steps I took on my journey to becoming an independent HR consultant. One key thing I did was understand what my current experience and skillset looked like so I knew where any gaps were that I might need to fill.

It's common for us to focus on where we want to go, the dream job we want to have, or getting that promotion, that sometimes we don't take the time to consider what additional skills or experience we still need to gain in order to get to the future state.

Have you thought about this lately?

We always want more, we want the next promotion, challenge, project, we want it instantly and sometimes forget about how much more we still have to learn at the level we are at now. Is one year in your current role enough time to become fully capable before jumping to the next? Will moving to the next role be the right challenge or will it create stress and overwhelm by going too soon? Those are the important questions to ask.

If you're looking at taking the next step in your career, take some time to think over the following questions:

+ What do I still have to learn in my current job at my current level?
+ What do I need to start learning or get exposure to that will help me succeed in the next level role? How can I get access to that now?
+ What training and development will help me grow my skills before I take the next step?

Before taking the jump to something new, take a bit of time to look at your current role and see if there's anything else that you still need to learn or get exposure to. In some roles you can get stuck in doing certain tasks over and over again that you don't get the opportunity to do the other work. If that's the case, a chat with your manager can help to see if you can rearrange your role so you can focus on some other tasks or projects to help you upskill further. Jumping to the next role or to another company is sometimes the right thing to do, sometimes it might not be, so taking some time to think through where you’re at now, will help you make that decision.

If you'd like to work through what your current career state looks like, I offer one on one career mapping sessions that are focused on outlining your current career state, identifying your next career move, and helping you plan how you will get there. Get in touch if you’d like to set up a call to see if you’d like to work together.

All the best,