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  • Writer's pictureAustin Aloysius Tay

Your Career, Your Rules – Not Quite

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

2013-09-10 12.43.32

I recently came across a peer discussing the importance of career management, and I think it would be nice to share my thoughts about the issue here.

I congratulate those who have taken control of their career and know where they are heading. I, for, one, have taken such a step. After working for some time, I realized, that while I love some of the people I worked with, I am not a person who is suited to corporate culture. So, I am sinking my heel deep into making my consulting work.

It is not uncommon for people, nowadays, to feel threatened, bored and wary about their careers. When in panic mode, companies will always start to think about downsizing, which is usually when things can get a little bit ugly.

With the uncertainties of the world economies, people are in a way on tenterhooks, not knowing when they will be on the ‘chopping board’.

Whether you are in such a position or you are contemplating leaving your job, I believe it is important to ask yourself a few questions

  • Why am I contemplating to leave my job? / Why was I asked to leave the job?

  • Are there things I can do to make the situation I am in better?

  • Is it the culture or I?

When you think you have answered the above questions and have decided that leaving your work is the best solution, you need to start thinking about

  • How do I go about this transition?

  • Can I talk to anyone about this? (If you are being asked to go, unless your organization provides you with an outplacement program, you are basically on your own)

  • It is OK; I will start sending my CV to recruiters. (This is the most common mistake people make – REACTIVE to the situation they are in and not thinking through)

  • For more support, you can always consult a career management consultant who will be able to guide you through the process.

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