I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my career so far this month. It’s the main frustration in my life. Where I am currently is not where I thought I would be. I thought I would have progressed, but it really does feel like I’ve gone backwards. However there are reasons for that and I am much happier where I am now that I can see myself working here for a long time and therefore will aim to progress from my current role internally.
How I am actually going to do this is in development, but I’ve spent time thinking about what I want and what I need to do. I am going to sit down with my manager next week and make sure I get out everything I need to while stressing that I want to do an exceptional job in my current role for the next year. I want to be the position to apply for roles at the next level when that time comes and therefore I need support to gain the skills and experience to do that.
I’ve felt very low a couple of times this month and the cause has been my lack of a plan for moving forward. I think this is good time to chat to my manager about this as I have been in my role for four months and finally feel like I’ve settled in. I still need to ask questions, but I have more confidence about what I am doing and how to go about it. I still need to build my confidence when talking to people in order to arrange to visit sites, but I’ll get there.
This month has been carrying on with looking at my work ethic and looking for opportunities for new or more work. I think I am gradually getting to a place where my name is coming up as the person to speak to, which is good. I am also scheduling in the time I need to review the reports I write to make sure they read well and there are no errors. I basically have to sit down and read them like a book and make any errors. I find this hard to do in the office, so will either work from home or move to the café to do this part of my job. Basically I need to be away from the computer for a couple of hours in order to review everything correctly. I can then come back to the computer to make any changes I need to.
So this month is about finding my own ways of working and looking for opportunities to take on new work and prove my business as usual work is a high quality.