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Looking to pivot your career? Follow these rules...

8 months ago by Joel Farrugia

​If you feel like your career is stalling, you might want to consider pivoting.

Career pivoting, the deliberate and methodological process through which one shifts the trajectory of their career, is nothing new. Pivoting can help employees feel engaged and re-energised whilst providing a clear sense of direction that may be lacking today with remote jobs. Pivoting is not always easy – a number of factors come into play including your current job, where you want to pivot to, the skill set as well as the educational background you can use as leverage to get to where you want to be. There are a number of steps you can take to help maximise your chances of success for jobs in Malta and beyond.

Focus on the long term

While it can be easy to get sucked into the trap of the here and now, keeping focused on the long term can help you pivot more strategically. Consider the industry you are interested in; be it a remote career, a finance or tech job – and try to pre-empt what their needs and requirements will be five years down the line. This can help ensure that your pivot continues to bear fruit well into the future!

Run analyses

Taking stock of current market trends can help you act in a more strategic manner. Analysis tools such as SWOT, PESTLE, and SCAMPER provide trusted and proven frameworks that can help make sure you cover all your bases. Of course, iterating these analyses can help you improve their accuracy – giving you a clearer picture of what is going on and where you can head safely.

Grow your network

Opportunities lie everywhere – and getting connected to the right people can help you open doors that much faster. While traditional networking opportunities are pretty much non-existent right now, not all hope is lost. Many network organisations have shifted their focus and efforts to online meetings while online networking platforms such as LinkedIn remain available. Reach out to search consultants about any jobs that are of interest and test the waters to help make sure that you’re on the right path.

Take the lead

When it comes to your own future, taking the lead is imperative. While certain things take time, you need to be the driving force that is going to propel your career forward. Take concrete action on a daily basis by either upping your skill set or actively look for new opportunities. The important thing here is to recognise that there is always an element of risk so good risk management practices are a must.

Your next, incremental steps

To manage risk properly and avoid over-exposure, take thought-out, strategic, incremental steps. This can help you understand whether the path you’re on is actually the right path for you without taking unnecessary risks. It also allows you to adjust your trajectory by taking in real-time feedback on the steps you’re taking, giving you ample time to adjust accordingly.

Pivoting your career is not easy, but the results could very well be worth the effort. Our search consultants are helping people transition into their dream tech and finance careers every day so why not drop us a line at brand@castilleresources.com and let us help you make your next career move.