It is vital in uncertain times to have career ‘insurance’ – a plan ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ for your career.

Do you?

Not having an insurance policy for your career is like driving a car in winter with only one headlight, a 10 year old map, a nearly empty tank of petrol with no spare petrol can in the boot and with one wing mirror hanging off.

You would not, would you?

Why then, do most people do the equivalent with their career?

You only have to look at what has happened during the coronavirus period to see the danger of how fast a sector can change.

So – what is your career plan ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’?

Reasons for neglecting this vital area include:

Fear: Of feeling regret and disappointment

Time poor: Let other’s needs take precedence

Overwhelm: Don’t know where to start

Empty toolbox: Don’t have the tools and frameworks

Short termism: Focus on the here and now

Life stage: Feel no point with other life priorities

Habit: Fell into a career and leave it to chance

Resigned: Don’t feel deserve anything better/different

Unaware: Never done any personal development

Blinkered: In the dark about the fast-changing world of work

Do you relate to any of these? What additional factors would you add?

Inspiring quote

“The best way to create the future is to invent it.” Alan Kay.

Self-reflective question:

What 1 action can I take straight away that would most help my future career security & prospects?”

7 tips for your career reassurance

  1. Support: enlist an experienced career coach
  2. Headspace: book a career retreat/away day

3.Think: replace mindless time frittering e.g. Facebook

4.Focus: write your ideal role/career description & plan ‘A’, ‘B’ & ‘C’

5.Habit: make ‘dead’ time fruitful e.g. a commute to create options

6.Prioritise: ring fence a monthly time slot & budget

7.Informed: look inwards (self-awareness) & outwards (trends)

What tips would you add?

 Energise Client testimonials

“Energise helped me focus on my strengths at a very negative time for me, during redundancy. I found the whole process very rewarding.”

“Coaching has given me extra confidence. The process was very rewarding. The CV now looks punchier, and I feel ME again.”

“Coaching with Energise has given me choices, freedom and liberation.”

“Coaching gave me an objective, practical and understanding sounding board when I needed to get my life back in gear again. It really is a personal service that works around who you really are and what you really want to do. “

“Coaching gave me a positive attitude, confidence and insight. It has been instrumental in my success and by setting targets and deadlines it has speeded up the whole process of finding another job.”

It can feel like very challenging times at the moment. Remember you are not alone. Keep going.

Rachel Brushfield Rachel Brushfield is The Talent Liberator at Energise – The Talent Liberation Company, founded in 1997. She is a career strategist, coach and published author, with a career heritage in marketing and brand strategy and communications who helps her clients enjoy uplifting breakthroughs at major career crossroads. Rachel’s career coaching specialisms are helping women professionals and executives to gain more career fulfilment and comfortably and competently market themselves, and creating, editing and marketing portfolio careers for a future proof and sustainable career. Rachel co-runs the network PWHub with CPD style quarterly events for senior employed women in Oxfordshire.

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