Magazine article Management Today

At the Back: Think Once - Creating a Career Dashboard

Magazine article Management Today

At the Back: Think Once - Creating a Career Dashboard

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It's easy to go to work on autopilot. While immediate objectives might change, your job architecture - working hours, reporting lines, team structure, budgets - remains effectively the same. Which means your way of doing things stays largely the same too.

In many ways this is necessary. Constantly changing your methods would be hugely inefficient. Yet as the end of the year approaches, it's a good time to check in on the basics, both to review what's working and to anticipate future needs.

A simple way to do this is to imagine a career dashboard or cockpit Just like the real thing, your dashboard dials should illuminate the most important factors, in this case in your career, and give an instant reading of what state they're in.

What your dials cover is unique to you. I'd recommend at least five, and no more than 10. Examples could include: energy levels, rate of learning, job satisfaction, team relationships, level of challenge, salary, status/job title and work-life balance.

Try to set aside pride or self-justification when you're doing this exercise, and focus instead on what really makes a difference to your performance and to how you feel at work. For example, is it important that you're having fun, that your earnings are high, that promotion is on the cards? Measure what's most important to you, not what you think should be in your next annual appraisal (although there may be some useful overlap).

Key indicators identified, you can now rate them. Use a 1-10 scale where 1 is 'needs urgent attention' and 10 is 'excellent'. …

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