Orienting and developing your career
Often we only consciously start to address our career after an event, such as the start of our professional life or a period of working abroad. Sometimes it may follow after a long period of uncertainty. However, in both cases, the transition has started internally before the event and is usually indicative of a new developmental phase.
Consider the big picture
You might be asking yourself questions about your chances in the labour market, or whether you should do further training but are not sure in which area. Some people orient themselves according to the needs of the labour market, others on themes they are personally interested in, while others are simply confused and uncertain. It helps to take a broad view.
Orienting yourself means analysing your career. Ideally your strengths, values and personal characteristics should match your current job and your goals. Analyse your weaknesses in relation to your goals: lacking leadership competencies, for example, is only a deficit if you need them in your current job or you want to develop into a leadership position.
Dealing with specific situations
Sometimes it is not about a new job: perhaps you have been promoted to a new function, or your position and the associated requirements have changed, or you are facing a particular challenge. These situations can push you to further develop your competencies. You may require training, or perhaps guidance, in the form of coaching, is sufficient.