Career Choices & Advice

Feeling a bit fed up with your current career? Get inspired with our ‘Working As’ articles and start planning your new career path today. Don’t forget to try out our free Career MOT too!

Untitled design (43)Work For Mums official partner for careers advice and guidance is Hannah Morton-Hedges from Momentum Careers Advice.

Hannah qualified as a careers adviser in 2002 and prior to this, gained significant and valuable experience as an in-house recruiter for a number of major blue-chip companies.

As well as a 2:1 honours degree from the University of Hull, she holds the Qualification in Careers Guidance (QCG) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance (PgDip Guidance).  She is a registered member of the Institute of Careers Guidance (ICG) and is committed to their Code of Ethics, which includes impartiality, confidentiality  and accountability.  She is a qualified administrator of the Morrisby Profile psychometric test and a holder of the Prospects Certificate in Life Coaching.

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Untitled design (63)There’s a time and place for everything. And it’s important to understand when the time is appropriate for those things you set out to do in life. The same can be said for knowing when to self-promote.

Self-promotion really means “selling” your strengths and abilities to whomever you want to listen. Certainly, there are times when painting a perfect picture of yourself gets you the desired outcome. But there are other times when it’s just unsuitable and unattractive.

Review a few instances when self-promotion is a good idea:

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Untitled designDeciding on a career can sometimes be difficult. After spending a few years studying in a particular field, one would think that your career choice is obvious. Sometimes, though, uncertainty looms because you aren’t fully connected to the field.

Have you chosen a certain career direction because your parents want you to do it? Keep in mind that your ideal career should be something that still gives you joy ten years down the line.

Use this guide to figure out if you’re on the right career path:

  1. You have an innate skill set. Some individuals are just more naturally aligned with certain careers than others. Is that the case with you and your career choice?

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Untitled design (8)Going through your workdays with a sense of disappointment is tough. At the beginning of your career, you probably felt like you were on track. Now, you wonder how you missed the signs that the career you chose wasn’t for you.

If your current career is unrewarding, it doesn’t have to be the one you stay in for the rest of your life.

You can break away from where you are today and move on to something more fulfilling. It will take effort, but you’re more than capable of doing it.

Follow these steps to start heading in the direction of a new career:

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VidaA change from our usual career stories! Rachel tells us about her career as a professional matchmaker.

Tell us about your job

I am the founder of The Vida Consultancy – an international award-winning matchmaking agency. Our aim is to find life partners for the world’s most exceptional people.

What appealed to you about your career choice?

I moved into a career in matchmaking 10 years ago as a detour from my original career path as a business psychologist. When I discovered matchmaking as a profession, it had instant appeal: it provided the opportunity to work with inspirational people all over the world and there is no greater feeling than helping someone find love, not to mention being paid for the privilege!

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Untitled design (4)Welcoming a new boss can be complicated, especially when they used to be your coworker. How do you make a graceful transition from being a peer to being a direct report?

Whether you’ve been close allies or friendly rivals in the past, you can learn to thrive under the new leadership. Try these suggestions for restructuring your professional relationship.

Steps to Take With Your New Boss

  1. Extend congratulations. Remember the obvious. This is the time to congratulate your former co-worker on their success. Be specific and sincere. Describe at least one quality or achievement that you admire about them. Express your enthusiasm about working together. Follow up with a quick email repeating your thoughts.

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Untitled design (2)Job shadowing can help you find new opportunities that are good for your career. This activity is often used to help those in high school and college. However, established professionals can also benefit from job shadowing.

Consider these ideas to enhance your career with job shadowing:

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Untitled designNetworking is especially urgent when you’re out of work. However, that can also be the most difficult time to try to stay connected. You may feel uncomfortable discussing your situation, and you probably lack the money for expensive conferences and business lunches.

 There are many ways to maintain and strengthen your professional network without shaking your confidence or draining your bank account. Try these ideas for reaching out to those who can help you advance your career.

Preparing to Network When You’re Unemployed

  1. Conduct research. Clarify the direction you want to take with your job search. Think about whether you want to remain in the same field or try something new. Do you want to start your own business or join an established company? Stay up to date on industry news and trends. Identify the companies and people you want to contact.

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Untitled design (1)Wherever you work, impressing your boss is part of your job requirements. You probably know what to do when your supervisor sits in the office next door, but you may need to think more creatively if you seldom see each other.

 Bridging that gap is a growing concern now that more employees work remotely or travel extensively for their jobs. Try these suggestions for hitting it off with your boss up close or long distance.

Traditional Methods for Impressing Your Boss

 Some strategies apply in any context. Please your boss by excelling at your job and contributing to a successful team.

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Untitled designDo you have a university degree? When you attended university, you invested in an education that can benefit you the rest of your life. Getting the most out of your university experience can make a big difference in your future.

You can ignore that you ever went to university or turn that experience into something valuable. It’s your choice.

Take advantage of these ideas to make the most of your education:

  1. Work in the field in which you were educated. If it’s not possible to work in your particular field, consider working in a closely related field or teaching a class in it.

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