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Defining Your Career For the Next Decade

2020 is here, and with the new decade comes new career goals and HR trends. Whether you’re ready to put your head down and climb the corporate ladder, or upskill and make that career shift, one thing we all know is that it requires some planning to achieve what you’ve always wanted. At the end of the day, you’re the one in the drivers’ seat determining how your career progresses. If you’re ready to up your game and pave out out your career path, read on as we explain how to define your career for the next decade. 

Define your career interests and picture where you’d like to be in 10 years time

If you’re in people management you’re likely aware of your employee’s professional goals. However, with the focus placed on others and their career goals, it can be easy to lose sight of your own. With this being said, it’s important you take the opportunity to plan for what you want your career to look like and what you’d like to achieve professionally over the next decade. 

One of the most important pieces when it comes to planning your career is making sure it’s something you enjoy and can see yourself doing in the long run. With most professionals now retiring from work between the ages of 65 and 70 (and this is expected to rise over time), it’s important you choose a career you like. 

“The average person will have at least 12 jobs in their lifetime.”
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Having second thoughts? 

You spend on average 13 years of your life at work, which can seem like a lifetime if you dread going to the office every day. If you’re not loving your career choice currently, why not look into a career shift? With so many different roles available in the human resources sector (and many more new roles expected to emerge in the next few years), we suggest having a look into the evolving face of the HR to see what else is out there in HR land.  

Can you picture yourself in the same career, climbing the ladder of progression for the next 2, 5, even 10+ years, or does the thought of a career change make you more excited? Sometimes you may find yourself thinking you’ve fallen out of love with your career choice and begin to second guess if it was the right move to make. However, sometimes a simple career shift can reignite your passion in your chosen field. For example, a career shift from recruitment into a people management role. 

Create long term career goals with actionable short term objectives 

When you have a specific long term goal in mind, it’s easy to break it down into bite-size steps. When creating professional goals, it’s important to create them in line with the SMART method. 

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If you’re not sure how to define your career goals, some examples may look like: 

Short term

  • Scoring a promotion. E.g. moving up from HR Coordinator to HR Manager
  • Growing your professional network on LinkedIn
  • Completing additional training to improve your skillset

Long term

  • Progressing to an executive or leadership role within a large organisation
  • Becoming a person of influence in your industry
  • Speaking at professional events 

For example, if your goal is to hold an executive position and become the Head of People in the next 10 years, you may have one short term goal to achieve each year. These short term goals could be to upskill, learn a new piece of software, or manage a team. If you’re looking for ways you can upskill, we’ve put together a list of HR and people management events you can attend in 2020 here

Identify your knowledge and skill gaps and actively seek to fill them

When it comes to climbing the career ladder, it’s important you recognise where your skill gaps are. When you identify skill gaps and actively seek to fill them, you’ll find yourself feeling more equipped to complete the task at hand. Whether this is furthering your tertiary education or completing a short course, the benefits of investing in your learning and development can have a significant impact on your career growth. Hello, promotion! 

Note: Often what’s holding you back isn’t a lack of skills or knowledge, but the courage to leave your comfort zone! Our best lessons are found in trying the unknown. So buckle up, back yourself and learn to take risks when needed. 

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Re-evaluate your career plan frequently

In today’s ever-changing job market, it’s essential to consistently revisit your goals. With technology now a large part of every industry, it’s never been more important to stay on top of advancements. According to a study by Dell, it’s expected that by 2030, 85% of jobs that today’s learners will be performing in the workforce, haven’t even been invented yet. 

In another study by Deloitte, it’s forecasted that roles in the human resources sector will grow on average 2.5% per year in Australia for the next 5 years. This will contribute to over 8000 additional HR and people management roles. With new roles like HRIS specialist and a spotlight being placed on strategic HR, it’s possible that your dream HR role might not even exist today! If you’d like to find out more about how automation will impact human resources in 2020, read our blog.

Roles in the HR sector are expected to grow

The wrap-up

While planning your career for the next decade may seem overwhelming, it’s extremely exciting for HR professionals and small businesses. With technological advancements and a shift in people management roles to be more strategic, the possibilities are endless. When it comes to career planning, we suggest breaking up your goals into short term and long term categories. These goals could include actively looking to upskill and frequently visiting your goals to evaluate your progress. Ultimately, get comfortable with the unknown. Many jobs of the future don’t even exist yet. A focus on your personal growth and soft skills like resilience, strategy and networking will help you with whatever may come your way. 

Looking for more? 

If you’re wanting to help your team get more strategic, OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) can help you. Our FREE ebook covers all you need to know about how to set up OKRs in your business. They will help you create a beautifully aligned set of goals, from company level, right through to individual level. Download it here. 👇

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