Think you’re too late to set your 2021 accountancy career goals? Think again!
Now that the madness of January has passed, you might have gained some headspace and be thinking about your next career goal.
Promotion, a qualification, developing your non-technical skills, changing your working hours or finding a brand new role.
Professional goals can feel like a chore, or a box to tick. And is now really the time to thinking about this – when much of our work is remote and we’re still feeling unsettled?
The answer is yes. But rather than getting bogged down with the thought of extra paperwork, applications and more hard work, we want to ask you this…
What lights you up?
What makes you look forward to the next day, gives you joy and excitement, makes the working day fly by in a blink. What makes you happy?
Now, those are the things you want to focus on. Let those things shape your career goals for 2021.
Still, we have to have a plan – make some goals. Goals give us vision, clarity and focus. And the first step is to write them down. Second thing is to share them. It could be with your partner or a colleague – whoever is going to cheer you on and hold you accountable. Next thing is to visualise them, however ambitious. And then most importantly make them SMART – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely.
This is all well and good if you know what you want. But what if you’re not sure what you want to accomplish? What if you just feel a bit fed up with your job? Something to ask yourself is ‘what do you not want?’ By flipping the question and thinking about the things you don’t enjoy, you’ll get a better idea of the things that you do.
If the past year has taught us anything, it’s to let go of the things which make us unhappy.
Please don’t overwhelm yourself by thinking about where you want to be in five years. Instead, visualise the perfect day at work. What does that look and feel like? Are you working from home or a shared space, are you around clients all day, do you exercise at lunch time, do you start late, how are you helping people, what skills are you using?
“Your career goals are absolutely unique to you. They should make you giddy with excitement! Not fill you with dread. If your career goals aren’t doing that – scrap them.”
Garry Howling, Public Practice Recruitment Ltd
If being hired by your dream employer is a goal of yours for 2021, let us help you. We work with some incredible accountancy firms who are offering talented accountants like you a chance for the next step in your career. This Corporate Finance Partner Designate job in Birmingham for example, is with an award-winning firm with a culture of hard work but lots of fun, and some impressive perks.
And there are lots more accountancy jobs which are just as exciting being added to our website every day.
Call us on 03335 777 787 to discuss your options. Or be the first to know about the freshest positions by following us on LinkedIn.