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Your End of Year Career Audit

On13/ 12 /17

Was career development one of your 2017’s resolutions? Are you happy with the direction your career is taking?

Today is as good a day as any to have a critical look at your professional progress to assess how much you have achieved and what needs to be done in 2018. Here, at Bucks and Berks Recruitment, we have prepared a cheat sheet of questions you should ask yourself to stay on the top of your career game in the coming year.

Question 1: Am I happy in the place I’m currently working?

As the months pass by, feelings toward your workplace will fluctuate. Sometimes you’ll be living and breathing the office atmosphere, while other times you may feel like you’ve lost your motivation and drive. It’s perfectly natural to have ups and downs, but when it comes to the crunch the core question you need to ask yourself when conducting a year-end career audit is “Am I really happy?"

If you find your current workplace atmosphere stressful and dull or feel like you’re coasting, now might be a good time for a change. It’s never easy deciding if you want to move on, so we’ve prepared some key questions that should help you decide.

If you’re happy with your role and excited for the year ahead, good for you! You’re obviously in the right place.

Question 2: Am I getting paid enough?

Many people in their end of year career audit assess their existing salary to evaluate whether they’re earning enough to cover their needs. If you salary hasn’t been increased since last year but over the course of twelve months you’ve achieved a lot, then it might be worth asking your boss about a salary review.

If you’re unsure about how to approach this often-problematic challenge, take some time to assess what your contribution has meant for the company. Have you brought in additional revenue, saved the business money or improved efficiencies?

It’s also a good practice to stay on the top of the market trends and monitor what is the average salary for your current position.

On some occasions, you might not be eligible for a pay rise due to lack of budget or not enough professional progress. If you think that this might be the case, consider signing yourself up for additional courses to broaden your skillset.  

Question 3: Do I have a good work-life balance?

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show that the average working week in London is 33 hours, the longest since the 2008 financial crisis. Ronald McQuaid, the professor of work and employment at the University of Stirling, says that "certain industries, such as financial services, typically work longer hours and there's a high concentration of these in London. Younger workers are more likely to work longer hours too, especially if living in an expensive area.

Whilst having a good, well paid job is a great thing, work–life balance is essential.  

Nowadays, we work harder and longer, which can lead to physical and mental health issues. If you have your work emails hooked up to your phone, take a night off and spend your evening with the family instead of replying to Client messages.

If you feel that you don’t have a reasonable work-life balance, speak to your boss and colleagues and ask for support with your workload.

Question 4: What have I achieved this year and what are my plans for next year?

The final question on your list should summarise your yearlong progress and overall achievements.

Start with reviewing your professional development – have you learnt anything new this year? Have you improved any of your skills? Have you participated in any additional programs or courses?

If this year outlined some weaknesses, consider taking additional training to target them.

If you feel like you need to move on with your professional life, start looking out for new career opportunities or plan a progress path within your current organisation.

Make 2018 special. Kick off your career for the New Year!


For more job advice and tips, read our selection of blogs. We also have a regular interview series, helping you to answer the trickiest of interview questions.


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