When it comes to finding your dream office job, the first step is to figure out what the ‘dream’ actually is. We know that’s much easier said than done, but don’t worry, we’ll help you to figure it out.
To start with, you’ve got three broad options:
- Staying in the same type of role, in the same industry
- Looking for a similar, role but in a different sector
- A complete change of role, self-employment, or an alternative lifestyle
Even if you’re planning on staying in the same kind of job, it’s super important to be able to recognise the right choice when it comes along. If you’re looking for a career overhaul, it’s even more important to think carefully about your options.
Finding what works for you
We love the fact that everyone we work with is so downright different. You’re a diverse bunch when it comes to your interests, what motivates you, and what work means to you. That’s why you need to think carefully about what makes a role right for you.
Consider your broader lifestyle:
- Your ideal work-life balance
- Your commitments
- Your financial requirements
- Your preferences
Assessing your options
We’re big believers that you can do anything you put your mind to, but you do need to give some real thought to what you’re good at, the sort of environment you want to work in, and what you want to achieve in your career.
Think about where your strengths lie, and what you’re looking for:
- Review your skills, values and work style
- Identify your interests (e.g. practical, investigative, artistic, social, or enterprising)
- Think about what you want from a role
Landing the right role to suit your lifestyle
There are so many different options out there when it comes to your working pattern. Some of us take comfort in the routine and security of 9-5; others love the freedom and changing pace of something less fixed. But much of the time, its your commitments and lifestyle that determine your course.
Think about the options open to you:
- Permanent (either full or part-time)
- Contract (temporary work or fixed-term)
- Self-employment (consultancy, interim management, non executive directorships, setting up your own business, buying a business, running a franchise)
- Portfolio (several part-time roles, sometimes with self-employment or voluntary work)
- Working abroad
- Alternative lifestyles (retirement, voluntary work, charity work)
Researching your options
Once you’re a tad clearer about what your options are, you need a little more information to test out your ideas.
Try to find out as much as you can, including:
- The kind of companies that need your skills
- Which types of roles these companies offer
- The different lifestyle and employment options available to you
It’s also a good idea to get advice from experts in the areas that you’re interested in — straight from the horse’s mouth, as they say.
Knowing where to start
Knowledge is power, and your job search is no different.
Not to sound ancient (at 25, we’re only spring chickens after all), but we’re incredibly lucky in this day and age to be able to find information on just about anything, from just about anywhere.
Consider your main research routes:
- The internet: whether it’s through specific websites or via search engines such as Google, the insight at your fingertips really is to be marvelled at. Think about what you want to achieve from your search, then explore away
- Publications and journals: these are great for information and ideas about specific roles. Articles and adverts can also tell you lots about the needs of specific organisations
- Professional bodies: trade organisations, institutes and other bodies associated with your area of interest can be a big source of knowledge
- Libraries: call us old-school, but libraries are a really useful source of both local and national information
- Other people: friends, colleagues, neighbours, relatives and a whole host of other contacts may have useful information about the options that interest you — but you won’t know until you ask
Evaluating your options
Making decisions about your future is never easy, but when you’ve really thought about what interests you, what you’re good at, the type of industry you want to work in, and what sort of working pattern suits you, you’ll be able to take that next step with confidence.
Weigh up all of your options, think about what’s right for you, and if you need a bit of extra help in looking at the practicalities, Office Angels is always here to help. Just get in touch
or drop in for a chat.