When we talk about assessment, we always think of "finality", but don't wait until you reach retirement age to look back on your professional experiences and take stock of those years.
It is very difficult to know whether you have taken the right career path. You studied, you had a professional goal, you started your career, but what happens next? You can take stock at several stages of your professional life.
A professional career is made up of stages and evolution. A career review is a time to stop, to ask questions and toreflect on one's career path, to re-evaluate one's goals, priorities, values and ideals.
The aim is toimprove your self-knowledge, to evolve, to understand some of the dissatisfactions you have at work, and even some of the risk-taking in your career.
Based on your skills and what you are looking for in a work experience, a career assessment will help you to have the right positioning strategy in terms of salary, type of company and project, type of team you want to join, the issues behind the project and the challenges you want to face.
When should you take stock of where you are professionally, are you happy with your company, are you happy with your choices, or do you want to make the same career choices in the future as you have done before?
The right time to take stock is especially during the change of phase in your professional life.
Several phases in a career:
Laying the foundations for our career
Learn and develop skills
Contribute to your full potential
Passing on knowledge
Our vision of the career evolves with the years and experiences. We should then sit down and take stock every 5 years or so to review the previous phase. Why should we do this? Because our career priorities and goals change.
So you have to settle down to move in the right direction, even if you don't change jobs.
Just because we don't change jobs doesn't mean our jobs don't change!
And especially in the tech industry, which is changing very quickly! We experience job changes, new teams, new technical challenges and responsibilities, new tools and technologies...
Then make a list of your skills, your strengths and ask yourself if they have been used properly in your experiences. Ask yourself if you are fulfilled and if you are developing these skills in your job.
Also make a list of your values and career ambitions. Ask yourself if the career choices you have made correspond to these values.
Some questions to ask yourself:
What skills have I managed to develop in my jobs?
What did I like or dislike?
What do I really want to find in my next experiences?
Could I move on in my current company?
What motivates me at work?
Then look for the answers to these questions! Do you need training to achieve these goals? Do you need to change companies or move to a position with more responsibility?
At Bluecoders, we have career coaches who can help you with this process, and provide you with job offers that match your career aspirations.