There are many reasons why your career may have stalled. You may have lost focus or motivation. Others may have led your career to a dead end. There could have been cultural or management changes that have been detrimental to your career momentum. You may have even dropped out of the workforce for personal or family reasons. 

Whatever the reason, today you are looking for ways to get your career momentum back, and make up for lost time. So where should you start? Voquest Career management provides you with an opportunity to take stock and consider your next move. Below are just a few scenarios where Voquest's services can make a difference. 

‘I’ve lost focus and motivation.’

Are you feeling less energised? Are you ‘going through the motions’, doing what you are told to do rather than what you want to do? Are you now thinking ‘is this it?’ Careers stall for many reasons. We lose energy because of a lack of enthusiasm. Sometimes we only have ourselves to blame for this. In other circumstances, your environment is just not stimulating enough and opportunity, growth and innovation have dried up. The good news is that this can all be remedied. The right career path will give you focus, keep you motivated and energised. The trick is discovering that career. Is that career with the organisation you are with today or is it with another organisation? Do you need to transition to a completely new career path? Most people in your position start passively looking at job ads. You may even go to the trouble of talking to a recruiter or look at going back to school or re-training. Neither of these options are smart options until you figure out exactly who you are and what you want. This is harder than it sounds. Most people have no real idea of who they are today. They might have known who they were once, but today they are not that person. The good news is that there is a process that can put you back in the drivers seat, with a clear direction in mind. 

‘Others have led my career to a dead end.’

Have you ever taken a taxi in a foreign city where the driver has told you ‘I know where to go’ only to find yourself somewhere completely different half an hour later? Countless people’s careers have this type of trajectory. Executives and professionals sometimes are focused on the ‘momentum’ of their careers, they lose track of their ‘trajectory.’ In all fairness, this often happens because others make promises that they are either not empowered to make or unprepared to honour. The reality is that only you are responsible for where your career is going; however, learning how to keep your career on track doesn’t always come naturally. It’s a learned behaviour. In the same way you create a business strategy, with KPI’s and milestones to measure performance, your career needs a strategy. Like all good strategies, your career strategy also needs a ‘plan B’ (and ‘C’, and ‘D’), just in case fate stands in the way of ‘plan A.’ Before you even contemplate moving roles within your current organisation or looking for a new position, you need to identify what is important to you today and where do you want your career to go to next. 

‘Changes made at management level have stopped my career in its tracks.’

Even as an executive or professional, often those in more senior roles are determining the momentum of your career development. Should you move organisations, or should you come up with a better strategy to maximise your opportunities where you are today? Does your seniority and loyalty count for anything with management? By moving organisations, will I have to start all over again, possibly with the same outcomes? What are the ‘deal breakers’ for you? Will it all end with you being shown the door? You have more questions and concerns than you do answers at the moment. If there is one message you take from this site, remember this; ‘all decisions made in fear are bad decisions.’ You need to learn to make assessments about where you are today, where you want to be and what is standing in your way. You need to learn if your current challenges can be overcome with a different approach or if these problems require a more drastic approach. Whatever the outcome, you need to make sure you are aware of all of your options, have a clear understanding of what your motivations and aspirations are and have a clear strategy to move forward. 

‘I’ve been out of the workforce for some time.’

You left your career to deal with personal issues. What those issues are is nobody’s business but yours. However, you need to understand the best way to explain that gap in your resume. Your career priorities may have also changed. Your time away from the workforce may have led you to rethink work/life balance. You may have other time constraints or physical concerns that impact on when and how you work. The good news is that organisations are always looking for good people. Many organisations are more open to flexible working environments than ever before. Skills that you may have fallen behind on can be easily updated, if you know where to look. What you need to do is develop a clear understanding of what roles better suit who you are today and where you want to be in the future. You also need to learn how to find those roles and how to tell your story

‘I left to start a family, but want to start up again.’

You may have left to start a family, and you are finding it difficult to re-enter the workforce. This once was only a problem for women leaving the workforce, however now it applies to anyone who has been on extended paternity leave. You’re now in a position where you have the time or circumstances are dictating you rejoin the workforce. The problem is you find yourself making excuses for why you have been away for so long when you talk to recruiters or potential employers. You also now have new demands on your time, and you need to find an employer who will allow you to find family/work balance. How do you tell an employer that you’re not willing to work 60 hours a week, or that you need to leave early to pick up the kids? You’re also concerned that even though you were only out of the workforce for a small time, things might have changed. The fear that “ if you don’t use it, you lose it “ is starting to erode your confidence. All of these considerations should be addressed now, before you start looking for a new position. You are of great value to the right employer; you just need to learn how to identify who that employer is, how to connect to them and how you should ‘tell your story’. 

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