So, it’s the season for love, but when it comes to your career you are feeling anything but affection. The role which you once felt passionate about is now just …. well a job.
But just like real life relationships, it is sometimes possible to rekindle the flame. Here are our top tips this Valentine’s day for bringing back the ‘love’ to your working day.
1. Pinpoint the issues
- What specifically did you used to ‘love’ about your job?
- What has changed?
- What are the things that you make you feel passionate (in a professional sense)?
- Envisage the most fantastic working day, what does it look like? What would you be doing?
2. Change your perception
Sometimes the problem isn’t the problem, it’s more about the way that you deal with the problem.
If you have worked your way through point one, honestly and in depth, you will now have some clarity on what you feel isn’t currently working so well in your career. Now think carefully whether those things are easy to change.
Which of the factors are in your control and which are not? Can you influence others in your organisation to help you change things?
Remember that your career is your responsibility alone. Instead of complaining or feeling miserable, take a positive approach and begin to take action where possible.
3. Embrace the culture
’Cultural fit’ is a phrase which is bandied around quite a bit, but actually it has real connotations for your happiness at work. However, if you feel like you no longer ‘fit’ within the organisation or team that you are working within, don’t assume that cannot be remedied.
Over time organisations change and grow, and sometimes internal culture changes too. Something as simple as a change in Leadership can make a significant impact on the internal culture of a firm.
Ask yourself honestly if you have tried to embrace the culture, and/or the changes? It’s easy to sit on the side-lines, but why not instead be an instigator for change?
- If you feel that the organisation should be doing charity work for example, or holding networking events, then suggest it, in fact be the one that organises it
- Be open and honest (but professional) in your exchanges with senior management and don’t be afraid to make suggestions for change
- Make an effort to speak with individuals that you wouldn’t normally interact with as part of your role, it may just give you a whole new viewpoint
4. Lifelong learning
It can be easy to get ‘stuck in a rut’ a few years into a job, to feel like there is nowhere to go next. Often at the start of a new role, you get lots of training and development opportunities, along with possibly additional mentoring. But over time, in many organisations this learning & development investment in your career can peter out.
- Make sure that you regularly ask what training opportunities are available within the firm
- Offer to work with a different team/different individual for a few weeks (particularly if you see an area of the organisation which is busy and needs support as you will be more likely to get a ‘yes’)
- Make it a personal commitment to read more, and to endeavour to learn something new every day
- Where appropriate mentor a more Junior member of staff – teaching others often helps us to learn ourselves
- Book an external course yourself, sign up to online seminars, put yourself through a new qualification
- Above all take responsibility!
5. Tribe matters
Many of us spend more time at work than we do at home with our loved ones.
If for any reason you don’t feel that you have a strong relationship with your peers, this can in turn impact on your happiness at work. We all like to feel like we belong, it’s part of human nature.
- Attend some work based social events, or even create one yourself
- Take time to listen to others
- Build a professional network outside of the office. Platforms like LinkedIn, Networking events and external training courses all provide great opportunities to build rapport and relationships with your peers from outside of the organisation. It’s an important part of your career growth to ensure that you have these wider relationships.
If all else fails please try to remember that a career is so much more than just 1 job, it’s a lifetime’s work. There will be phases where it is going well and phases where it isn’t, the key is to be aware of where you are on that curve so that you can take the necessary action.
Still not feeling the love?
Sometimes no matter how much effort you put into rekindling the flame, the love you once had for your current job is gone. Maybe you changed? Maybe it changed? It doesn’t really matter …what matters is what you do next.
By going through the thinking process above, you will already have a strong ’Blueprint’ of what your ideal job looks and feels like. A list of all the things that really matter in your career.
Engage now with a reputable Recruitment consultant who is a specialist in your field and tell them what you envisage your next career move should be. A true consultant should be able to work with you to dig deeper still into what makes your ideal career tick, and work with you in partnership to take the steps towards achieving your medium and long tern goals.
If you are an Accountant, Auditor or Tax Accountant working in practice and you need some career advice don’t hesitate to contact us. We only work with Accountants working in Practice and have a specialist understanding of the market, career paths and opportunities available.