Would you like to change your work arrangements as you move towards your next stage? Or do you just have a niggling feeling that something’s not quite as it should be? Either way, take a look at these questions:
- How do you feel about work right now?
- Do you want to keep working (do you need to)?
- How do you see your working life in the next 5-10 years? What would you still like to achieve at work?
- What’s your fantasy work situation in the next 5-10 years? Hours, conditions, work environment, role, flexibility, opportunities and so on?
- What are your options in your current job (or field of work)?
- How confident are you about your ability to find (and keep) ongoing meaningful work?
- What are you an expert at?
- What are you passionate about? What is your greatest enthusiasm?
- What existing strengths and skills and experience could you leverage? Or transport to a new job or a new career?
- What additional skills could you develop – either because you think you will need them, or because you are interested in the area?
- How flexible or adaptable are you about career change? How do you feel about it?
- How much of your sense of identity and purpose (who you are, who you know, what you value) is related to your working life?
- Do you have any beliefs about work that could help or hinder you in the future?
- What have you left on the back burner all these years? Is it time to bring it to the front? What parts of yourself do you want to reclaim?
- Does your job define you, or do you define your job?
- Does your age define you, or do you define your age?
- Does your current identity define you, or do you define your current identity?
- What if you saw your work as a portfolio of projects and activities? Would that change anything for you?
You can write down your answers, or let a question float around in your mind for a while – either way, I hope it helps you create a satisfying path through your next stage.