Q&A Career Questions (2)
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I often feel that I’m too busy with my current job to figure out what I truly want.
“Taking time to get to know yourself better will benefit you and the company you are working for. You can plan a fixed moment per week to reflect on your career ambitions or regularly take a walk outside during lunch to explore what you truly would like to do. In general it can be beneficial to try to be more present and to notice your feelings and energy level during work. This can help you figure out which tasks and responsibilities bring you energy and lead you to what you are truly passionate about in your career.”
How do I stop being too strict with myself at work?
“If this question is focused on being too process driven (content-focused) instead of people driven (people-focused), it might be beneficial to create a network by connecting with people more to succeed at work.”
How do I convince my current employer to give me a more technical role? They keep saying that the moment will come after our upcoming deadlines but that moment never comes.
“Convince them by focusing on the value for the whole organization. Explain your ambition to gain more technical skills: to operate better in your role and how it will help the company, for example to work more efficient or save costs. In your current role it might also be possible to create opportunities yourself by taking on tasks that are more technical related, to show your interest and competences in this area. And you can consult a career coach to support you in taking the next steps towards a more technical role and map a long term career plan. With this in mind, it is easier to discover if you are able to take this step within your current company or that you need to switch companies to achieve your career ambition.”
How do I land a promotion?

“This process is for everyone different and it depends on many factors. In general, showing you are capable of handling more responsibilities during your current job will help you build a case for your promotion. List down your achievements: Which impact did you make? Did you set up projects? What were the results? Did you bring in more revenue, saved costs or improved processes? The more senior the role, the more important it is to be visible in the organisation. Enhancing your network skills can be beneficial to land that promotion.

I want to work abroad but don’t know how to start that process, what should I do?

“Visit the website of Nuffic to inform yourself. In general it can be helpful to emphasize in your application that you are relocating to that country. This will help recruiters to guide you find your way in the local labour market and local legislation.”

What’s the best way to get better at game-based assessments?

“There are a lot of game-based assessments with all different features and required skills. Practising and finding activities to strengthen the skills you need, can help you improve. Google ‘prepare assessments’ or visit websites like https://www.assessment-training.com/ to find more information.”

How do I show my leadership skills on assessment day?

“On an assessment day, inhouse day or company event, it is important that you are truly present. This means that you are being proactive and connecting with people. Leadership does not mean that you always have to take the lead, but it does mean that you are visible and contribute to the goals set in the day. The key is your preparation. You can prepare yourself by drafting a list with questions, topics, people who you would like to meet etc. It is also possible to record yourself on camera while giving a presentation. Or practice different work situations with someone you know well. With your own goals in mind, it will be easier for you to make this day a success and to find out if the company also fits your personality, strengths and ambitions.”

When should you start considering finding a new job? When should I stop the job I currently have?
“It depends on your career goals and the feeling that you have about your job and employer. Follow your intuition and it will guide you in this decision. You will know when you are ready to leave and when the opportunities at the company you are working for do not fit your ambitions anymore.”

Interview Valérie Rath, Founder ImpactYourCareer for the Magnet.me blog “Ask a Career Coach”

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