Planning a Career Strategy in 2015

Planning a Career Strategy in 2015Plan for the Future

When planning a career strategy it is important to think about the future 15-20 years ahead, rather than just the next role. Especially now, when many people either won’t have the luxury of early retirement and/or may wish to work beyond what might currently be perceived to be a retirement age and as Ros Altman, our new Pensions Minister says, retirement is a process, not an event.

Today a career strategy will always include active networking and the approach required for this. Networking should start during the early stages of a career. I always advise my clients to make a list of people they may have worked with during the first few years of their career, who they got on well with at the time. Just by using linked-in it is easy to find out where people are, and generally more than a few have moved to companies that are of interest. It’s not a case of contacting people in an unsubtle way, asking for a job, but more a case of picking their brains on the marketplace, and renewing the previous connection, and making the networking meeting beneficial for both sides.

A career strategy will also include careful consideration of referees and action to be taken with referees. It is important to talk to your referees about your strategic direction, and to get them to buy into the process. A good careers advisor can help you to negotiate this and speak to your referees to find out what they really think – in fact over the years I have found that most referees are more helpful than you might imagine with ideas, introductions and goodwill to help you further your career.

A career strategy will also include approaches to relevant head hunters, and the London market is particularly strong in senior level international roles for example. Other approaches will be to interim head hunters, principals in private equity, talent acquisition managers in large and small corporates and other relevant corporate contacts. At Christina Campbell Career Consultants we actively help and encourage our clients to make direct contact with relevant individuals, and it’s often to seek market information or to pitch a business proposition, rather than bluntly asking for a new role. This approach can make the conversation more interesting and relevant for the recipient.

In today’s job market and for the foreseeable future very few individuals will stay with one company for their whole career. Most senior level executives will move 4-5 times in their career, and are likely to enter self-employment/a “portfolio” career towards the end of their working life – that’s a realistic assessment.

For help with your career strategy please contact us.