Has your career plan gone awol?
‘Kerrie, I want to be the most important person in the room?’ Many years ago I was having a conversation with a colleague about their career, he always seemed to know exactly what he wanted, yet I never felt I had a clear plan. I can remember feeling inadequate, why couldn’t I speak with conviction like him, what was wrong with me? Indecisive; lack of personal insight? Was I wasting time doing something that wasn’t me?
The reality of not feeling valued in your career
“I had worked my socks off, stayed late, sacrificed family weekends so that we could launch on time, within budget and getting the results. Not one person said well done, great job, it was almost as if nothing had happened. I felt deflated like it didn’t matter and wasn’t important. I started to question myself and whether I was doing a good enough job.”
We all have a need to have our contributions recognised and when we feel our input is being overlooked we can start to question whether we are good enough and ultimately whether we belong.
So what can we do if we feel undervalued?
Why being a Jack of all Trades is great grounding for a career change.
Last week within the Kick Start Your Career Change Mastermind there was a general theme amongst a number of the cohorts that they had become ‘Jack of all Trades’ within their careers. Over time they had seen their job grow in remit, taking on many things that were outside their initial responsibilities and this got me thinking and wondering are we all becoming Jacks and how does this impact the career change process?