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first_img Comments are closed. Career planning is not just something you do when you are starting out,continual monitoring and development is necessary to make sure that you stay ontrack.  By Nic Paton Former Conservative Deputy Prime Minister Michael Heseltine was famouslysaid to have scribbled down his career path, including his ambition to becomePrime Minister, on the back of an envelope while at university. For most people, however, the development of their career is rarely thatclear cut, and advice or help can often be needed along the way to ensure aprofessional career does not stagnate or head off into a backwater. The key to successful career planning and development is remembering to stepback from time to time and ask, “is my job fitting my skills,qualifications and aspirations?”, says Sue Lamb, recruitment anddevelopment manager at recruitment agency OH Recruitment. “You have to ask, what does your organisation want out of you. Are youfulfilled, are you meeting what your organisation wants, and if not, whynot?” she says. People should look at the organisation they are working for, she suggests,and see whether the areas in which they are working – perhaps a contentiousissue such as sickness absence – are adding value to the company. “Have you achieved what you have been asked to achieve, and is it nowall within the realms of your knowledge? Are you ready to take on a newchallenge, have you ceased chomping at the bit?” she adds. One of the hardest elements of career planning is identifying when peoplehave achieved their potential in an organisation, simply because it may be whenthey are feeling most on top of the job. But if they’ve done everything theywant to within that company, then maybe it is time to move on, she asserts. Also, it is worth taking a long, hard look at the company itself. To whatextent is it expanding and what changes are expected to be seen in the next 12months? When someone has identified it is time to go, it is critical to sit down andthink what it is they enjoy in their work and what skills they have that theymay not be using already but wish to make use of in their next job. Mentoring Having a mentor to turn to for advice in this situation, or to help networkwith contemporaries, can be a vital component of the next career move, argues Lamb.”Mentors are very important because they enable you to network withyour peer group. In terms of career guidance, if you have gone through OHtraining, you can often go back and ask your tutor for advice,” she says. People should make sure they keep up to date with all the relevant journalsto benchmark themselves against the work of similar departments elsewhere inthe country, adds Lamb. “Maybe it is that you cannot do anything more. You have to make sureyou identify if you are treading water,” she says. “If you coast for too long you will find it very difficult to make thatmove,” she also warns. A change of direction One who has changed tack in her career is Dorothy Ferguson, who moved froman OH role into academia to become MSc co-ordinator at Glasgow CaledonianUniversity. Her move into academia was as much to do with simply grasping an opportunitypresented to her at the right moment rather than a structured plan to move inthat direction at that particular point, she insists. “It was not a conscious decision. It was just that the opportunityarose at a time when I was looking for another challenge,” she says. Nevertheless, her background – including a masters degree combined with acouple of community qualifications – ensured she was well placed to make themove when it came. Of course, for an occupational health professional looking to move intoacademia, it would be vital to be able to show continuing academic ability andinterest, but acquiring, and maintaining the right sort of skills to take theright path in the future is crucial for any successful career move. This also includes making sure qualifications acquired along the way are theright ones and not a waste of time, Ferguson stresses. “People need to develop academically as much as they can. But they needto be increasingly cautious about what courses they are doing. People arespending a lot of money doing expensive courses that do not get themanything.” Key questions to ask include, “what are my areas of interest, what aremy skills and what am I doing to develop them,” she argues, followed by,”what is the value of this course and who is it recognised by?” Whether a person is simply undertaking continuing professional developmentor taking the plunge and signing up for an MBA, the same questions apply. The key, it seems, is to be able to demonstrate that an “add-on” –be it a course, extra qualification, job move or even a sabbatical – hasactively added value to a person’s career. But career progression, of course, does not have to mean moving onwards andupwards. For many people, starting a family can lead to a reassessment of priorities,or finances, and may mean an OH practitioner deciding the best career move isactually to take a step back for a few years, argues Angela Arnold, recruitmentconsultant at specialist occupational health recruitment agency Cheviot Artus. An important element of career planning is thinking too what someone’spriorities outside work are likely to be over the next few years – how much timethey want to spend with family, partner, friends and so forth. Would someone,for instance, be prepared to move to another part of the country? Whatever the reason for moving, or even thinking of moving, look aroundcarefully and do lots of research, including talking to recruitment agencies,before taking the plunge, argues. Arnold. “You need to research very closely what you want to do, taking at leastsix months,” she says. People move for many different reasons, from money to the fact they have seenan innovative company or service and want to play a part in developing it, sheargues. Further training, whether it is for an MBA or simply to develop accountingskills to help become an OH consultant (see box, above), can also act as aspringboard. Often simply the fact of signing up for some new training will help focussomeone’s mind on where it is they next want to go. Some jobs, such as becoming Prime Minister, often come down to luck as muchas ability. But the more planning and thought people put into their career, itseems, the more chance they have of making their own luck. www.ohrecruitment.co.uk  www.cheviotartus.co.ukGoing it aloneSetting yourself up as an OH consultant is not a decision to be takenlightly, or in haste, argues Angela Arnold, recruitment consultant atspecialist occupational health recruitment agency Cheviot Artus.For many OH professionals, the thought of becoming their own boss, havingautonomy over the way they work, the prospect of greater flexibility andperhaps more money can all seem attractive career goals.But there are pitfalls to striking out on your own, she argues. “If you are going to charge people £500 or £600 a day you have to givevalue for money. You have got to prove yourself,” she says.There is also the possibility of someone charging either too high or too lowfor their services.Consultants have to keep on top of the latest knowledge or guidance, asgiving wrong advice can lead to the consultant being sued by the client, asituation that in turn reflects badly on the profession as a whole.Then there is also the cost of starting up, including having to set up anoffice, buying a fax, scanner or mobile phone, and employing someone to answerqueries and do the typing, she adds. On top of this there needs to be properaccounting procedures in place.It is certainly worth speaking to other OH consultants to see how it hasworked for them, and how they started off themselves, as well as making sureyou talk to recruitment agencies for careers advice, she suggests Someone may find that, on reflection, they are better suited to a completelydifferent sort of role – one that is absolutely the right move they have beenlooking for.Top tips– Step back and assess where your career is going: are you fulfilled, areyou meeting your organisation’s needs and is it meeting yours?– Have you achieved all you want to achieve in your current role, if somaybe it is time to move on?– Identify what your strengths are, what you want to build on and discard;identify a goal– Turn to mentors for advice, perhaps a former college tutor– Keep up to date with relevant journals, assess what colleagues or otherdepartments are doing, should you be doing the same?– Speak to recruitment agencies for advice– Career development can be downwards as well as up; sometimes starting afamily can mean voluntarily “downshifting” to a more flexible workingrole– Do plenty of research on what you want to do, not what others think youshould.– Look at the option of further study or training to give you new careeropportunities.– Make sure any qualifications or training you undertake is well-recognised.– Be able to demonstrate why what you have done has added value to yourcareer– Think carefully before becoming an OH consultant. 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