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Is it time for a Career Health Check?

Many of us have taken the time during the Festive Season and early January to reflect on our careers and life in general.

Recently, I was privileged to be asked to contribute to an on-air discussion on careers and the changing landscape, an interview conducted by presenters Fauziah Ibrahim and Johanna Nicholson on the ABC TV News Weekend Breakfast program. The focus was on changes that have happened and how they've impacted us.

This prompted me to write this short post on careers and change.

As we face what’s ahead of us, there are some common signs that indicate it’s time for a career health check and perhaps a career change.

They are:

✔ Finding it hard to motivate yourself to go to work, and dragging yourself to get there

✔ Being tired of the ‘same as’ treadmill and not feeling a sense of achievement from your work

✔ You can’t recapture a feeling and attitude of ‘can do and want to do’

✔ Not feeling a sense of excitement about what’s ahead

✔ Your last performance review with your boss lacked confidence that your role will change

✔ You feel ‘stuck’ and don’t know what your options are and how to make a change

✔ Seeing others progress within your company and you’re being overlooked for promotion

✔ You’ve just inherited another new boss and you’re feeling a sense of dread

✔ The workplace has become toxic as a result of a restructure or other change

If a number of these signs ring some alarm bells, it might be time to take stock of what’s really important to you so that you can move closer to where to want to be.

If you’d like a career health check and want to talk to a career practitioner, there are many qualified and experienced practitioners on the Career Development Association website –

Sometimes, a short meeting may be all you need, or depending on the challenges you are facing, you may benefit from several focused meetings.

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