THE MID-YEAR CA­REER REVIEW

NOW’S THE BEST TIME TO EX­E­CUTE A PRO­FES­SIONAL HEALTH CHECK AND MAKE SURE YOU’RE STILL ON COURSE.

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Stick with us on this – it’s Aussie ac­tor (and one-time CK bulge) Travis Fim­mel’s maiden voy­age aboard Vik­ings. His en­ter­pris­ing Norse­men sud­denly de­cide to check their course with a float­ing sun­dial con­trap­tion un­der the watch­ful gaze of Fim­mel’s baby blues. Had they not made that valu­able course cor­rec­tion, Fim­mel wouldn’t have put boots on the ground in sunny Eng­land and slaugh­tered all those monks in episode two. And so, he­do­nis­tic TV pil­lag­ing aside, even the most dis­tant of goals need con­stant re­assess­ing – es­pe­cially when eye­ing off a cor­ner suite with an ac­tual door that ac­tu­ally closes. Steve Ham­mond, ex­ec­u­tive search spe­cial­ist and di­rec­tor of King­fisher Re­cruit­ment, be­lieves that what­ever your in­dus­try, what’s es­sen­tial is not only some sort of mud map of where you want your ca­reer to go, but also an abil­ity to stay on course. Be­cause a de­cent pro­gres­sion in your pro­fes­sional life will re­quire fre­quent re­views and tweaks as your skill set ex­pands and you learn more about fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties. Be­ing open to a new role when it’s pre­sented is great, but that leaves the destiny of your ca­reer path in some­one else’s hands. And if you’re sit­ting by an iphone wait­ing for a re­cruiter to call with the next big op­por­tu­nity, you’ll be left wait­ing a while. “Reg­u­lar dis­cus­sions with a spe­cial­ist re­cruiter is a good idea,” says Ham­mond. “As is giv­ing real thought to your an­nual review and en­gag­ing in an hon­est dia­logue with your current em­ployer about where you want to go.” And as much as it’s a gi­ant cliché, the ques­tion ‘where do you want to be in five years?’ is one you should have an­swers to.

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