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