CA­REER

Woman & Home - - Boost Your Self-esteem -

sue Clarke is a ca­reer coach with a busi­ness back­ground (inthe­hot­seat.co.uk).

Re­shaPe youR destiny there’s a whole com­bi­na­tion that can dent ca­reer con­fi­dence in midlife. you might have hit the “midlife plateau”, for in­stance – the longer you climb the lad­der, the fewer jobs are around at that level, so we tend to stay still longer, not learn­ing, not grow­ing.

ex­aM­ine and iden­tify the Ca­ReeR Changes you Want is it that you’re not de­vel­op­ing, or can’t get or­gan­ised, or you feel over­looked? Choose one aRea, then de­vise a Plan to ad­dRess it if you try chang­ing ev­ery­thing at once, it’s over­whelm­ing. a ca­reer coach is help­ful here. if you want to make a big change, even switch ca­reers, look at all pos­si­bil­i­ties. Can you down­size to free up fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties? Can you re­turn to higher ed­u­ca­tion?

don’t Wait to be no­tiCed Feel­ing in­vis­i­ble at work is com­mon in midlife. Don’t wait to be in­vited to meet­ings or con­fer­ences, don’t wait to be asked to con­tribute. if you feel side­lined, over­looked for train­ing or op­por­tu­ni­ties, put your name for­ward.

Put youR­self foR­WaRd as a Men­toR in your work­place, through ca­reer net­works, grad­u­ate schemes or vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions, of­fer to men­tor up-and-com­ing young­sters.

tuRn youR “en­e­Mies” into al­lies! Mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion boosts con­fi­dence, and men­tor­ing will prove to you the value of wis­dom and ex­pe­ri­ence.

it’s all about you! “Stop feel­ing stag­nant and make your­self no­ticed”

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