How To Make The Right Career Move For You
September 06, 2016
It can be difficult to know whether you’re on the right path for your long-term career goals, particularly in a fast-paced field where research, mergers, and regulations are constantly evolving and impacting on the industry.
So before you make a decision on taking a new role, it’s vital to consider how a role right now might impact on your long-term future.
It’s time to strategise your career path.
The first step is to ask yourself a few key questions about this new opportunity
–Does the job move you significantly closer to your long-term goal? If not, what are the reasons you’re considering it and what are they based on?
If you’re predominantly financially motivated to take the role, consider whether the remuneration is worth a delay to your career progress.
-Consider which skills this job will bring you. Do they fill current critical gaps in your repertoire? When career planning in a rapidly-changing industry like life sciences, it pays to keep an eye on which of your skills will transfer well, and then build up a skill-set that is both generalist and specialist.
-Will the job challenge you? While a job change always provides some adjustment challenges for a time, it can be disappointing when you settle in to the role to find that you’re not really being stretched or challenged. Consider whether this role will provide a reasonable amount of opportunity which will prompt you to grow.
-Does the job feel like a good fit? Are you excited about it and raring to go? Or are you feeling anxious, or resigned to accepting the role as another step towards the ultimate goal of your dream position? It’s a valuable exercise to examine your feelings towards this career step, as a wrong move can temporarily derail your career trajectory.
Next steps: making an informed decision
–Do your due diligence. Seek information on the company you’re applying for and the long-term stability of the sector.
-Research the company culture. Scout around on LinkedIn, reach out to current and former employees, and try to ascertain whether the company has a good reputation- both as an employer and in wider society. This preliminary research can give you an idea about the company culture, so you can decide if it suits your own working style and values.
-Discuss your options with a specialist life sciences recruiter. A good recruiter will be able to advise you on wider employment patterns in the sector, which companies have good promotion paths, and which organisations have reputation for cultures of innovation and autonomy.
-Ask a mentor. Find a qualified person whose opinion you respect to discuss your potential career moves.
In the long term
-Have several career paths mapped out. Have Plan B and even Plan C ready if things don’t go to plan with your target role and promotions. Always consider lateral moves in a company as well as upward ones—you may find another department in your field holds much greater potential for promotion.
-Keep abreast of industry news. Read widely in order to stay informed and be able to predict or adapt quickly to news of mergers, breakthroughs, or regulation changes that may impact on your current career trajectory.
Your career path is unlikely to go entirely to plan—and it’s sometimes in the unexpected detours that we discover our true potential. Yet it’s always important to measure up your current opportunities in relation to your long-term goals, research potential employers, get good advice from trusted sources, and finally, to listen to your own heart on the matter.
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