Career Forward Move - Choices And Options

You may think that a career forward move of your choice is much easier said than done, especially if you feel your choices are limited.

However, achieving a greater degree of control over your work life will determine the extent to which you can move forward with your career. The more information you have, the more of an informed choice you can make.

Career health and wellness is more than just changing your job, or asking for a promotion or even just deferring for a few years while you raise your children.

If you find yourself in a position where you need to career forward move; to make a much needed career change or even to kick-start your career health and wellness then it make sense to start walking instead of standing still - (and I don't mean that literally)!

Your work or career choices can make a huge impact on your working life. It is therefore important that you fully acquaint yourself with as much information about your employer as you possibly can. For instance, you'll want to know:

  • Whether they are family-friendly?
  • How supportive will they be of your personal development needs?
  • What stress-management/stress- reduction initiatives do they have in place?
  • What is the level of their commitment to ongoing training?
  • Is there potential to career forward move
  • Are they willing to be flexible - e.g. flexible working
  • Do they provide or offer incentives such as creche facilities?
  • Might they entertain job sharing?

    As you can see, it becomes even more important for you to give a great deal of thought to balancing your own life, since a prospective employer might well not give you any such consideration.

    In any event, when it comes to making a career choice or even a career forward move you're in a far better position to do so if you're in possession of all the relevant information.

    You can make a start by gathering as much information as you possibly can about your personal circumstances both within and outside of your working environment. Information will help you when planning how to achieve your career goal. For instance:

  • What are your various roles and responsibilities home/work
  • What it is you want
  • What is standing in the way of getting what you want?
  • What career/work choices have you made? How Long Ago?
  • What are your short-term, medium-term, long-term career goals?
  • When did you last review your progress toward your goals?
  • On a scale of 1-10 what is the level of your level of satisfaction with    your career health?
  • In which direction do you want to career forward move

    Do use the Health Womens Health Wheel to help you assess where you are in this area of your 7 dimensions of health.

    You will then need to direct some quality time and attention to planning, career goal setting and reviewing your progress.

    You will find all the material you need to help you at Activity Goal Setting

    Barriers to career forward move for Stay-at-home-moms

    While some stay at home mums are completely satisfied with their lives and do not feel the need or desire for somthing more, others will feel torn between the desire to be ever present for their children and the desire for a greater degree of control and independence over their lives.

    It has already been established that in attaining career health womens choices may ultimately be driven by necessity. This will more than likely be closely related to womens' responsibilities and roles of mother, carer etc., and will therefore be the primary factor that influence any career option or decision.

    For instance, the reasons why women choose to be stay at home moms are as varied as are the solutions they subsequently use - such as part-time work, work from home jobs etc., to generate a second and often much needed home income.

    However, part-time work for stay at home mums can present just as great a challenge as having no meaningful work at all, other than caring for your family. A recent comment from a forum member sums up the reality for many part-time and stay at home mums:

    "Part time work, which many mums do, is very dispiriting in my experience. And if you don't have a job, it can be hard to feel good about what you've done all day, even if you have been contributing to the procreation of the human race (ie changing nappies) etc.,"

    The position is even more dire for stay-at-home moms, those working part-time who also happen to be single mums.

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    Regardless of current circumstances, to maintain work or career health womens' career forward move solutions will need to include strategies for tapping into their self-awareness; exploring thoroughly any career option; and goal setting with precision to achieve their career health goals.

    Whether your career health and wellness aspiration or goal is to become the next super model; or to be head of sales; or to become a work from home mom; or to research an Internet home work income business or even to explore that career opportunity you've been thinking about, your career option, or career forward move goal will be dictated by the degree of autonomy and control you perceive you have over your own life.

    You won't simply be handed 'control', you must learn to take control of your particular situation and explore all your available options - even when some of these may seem beyond your grasp.

    If you are serious about a career forward move, or about getting the right job; or working for yourself; or enhancing your chances of getting promotion; or even getting a job with better working conditions, you need to have a plan of action. This applies irrespective of your marital/employment status.

    As with all goals, motivation or just wanting them isn't enough. And the old saying - "where there's a will there's a way", will most definately ring true. A commitment to a career forward move will spring from discipline.

    You can begin your career forward move planning by gathering as much information as possible about the job, pay, home income or work conditions that you have in mind. Remember also that information allows you to make informed decisions and extends the choices you have.

    You will also need to give consideration to the amount of time you will invest in yourself - i.e. say an hour each week that you will spend on improving your work skills; or learning about you - what it is exactly you need and how you will further benefit from your job; or even what knowledge, experience, interests, pastimes or hobbies you could develop into a Work From Home, Part-Time or Full-Time Income.

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