Career in 2023: Believe in your potential, build your skills, and become a career superstar

Could you do with a confidence boost, or do you need a little guidance to get you where you want to be in your career before the year ends? If you want a push to help you to achieve your career goals, read on.

There is never a right time to make changes to your career, but with new tech job opportunities arising
all of the time, this is also a great time to develop your skills for the job that you want.

If you haven’t achieved the goals that you set out for yourself at the beginning of the year, it can be easy to feel as though those opportunities are already lost to you.

Instead of seeing the year as one third spent, focus on the fact that you still have two thirds of the year left to make transformational change. Before you make that change, you need to take some time out to work out what the right change is for you.

What does good look like?

Everyone’s idea of success is slightly different. For some, it may be the 6-figure salary and the corner office, for others it’s flexible working and a three-day working week. You need to work out what you want from your career.

Working out what you actually want from your job, and your life, now and in the future can be tough, so we have broken it down into categories: salary, work-life balance, professional goals, and purpose.

Employment benefits

Your salary needs to be enough for you to live the lifestyle that you want. So when working out your
career goals it is useful to sit down and work out what you realistically want (and need) your salary
bracket to be at the end of this year, in two, four and six years’ time.

You may struggle to envisage how much you want to be earning at different stages in your life, and you might not be driven by money or material items. However, it is important to consider how your life is going to change.

Are you saving for a new home? Are you planning on having children? Depending on what stage you are at in life, maternity and paternity packages might be important to you, or you may be more interested in
generous bonuses and extra annual leave.

Work balance

If the pandemic taught us one thing, it is that there is more to life than trekking to an office for 40, 50,
60 hours a week.

What working arrangement would help you to feel that you have the right balance. Hybrid working? Flexible hours? A four-day week? Work out what feels right for you and factor that into your criteria when looking for the right job.

Developing skills to achieve your goals

There may be some specific skills that you would like to develop in order to achieve your professional
goals, or just because you want to. You may have a burning desire to learn to code, or learn another
language, or gain professional accreditations.

Make a list of your dream skills, prioritize them and set achievable and realistic timescales so that you have something to work from. Remember to aim for the stars and believe in yourself, because if you don’t, nobody else will.

Find your purpose

Not everyone is destined to change the world. But by doing small things, well, you can make change
in your own way.

Whether you are managing data or making coffee, the success of your job is dependent on whether you are having the impact that you want to make. So find your “why”, write it down and focus on that every time your goals seem too far away.

Achieving your career goals can be challenging, so sometimes it can help to consult a professional recruiter. They will be able to guide you on the opportunities that are available to you, and how you are most likely to achieve them and become a career superstar.