Not quite sure where your career is headed? You’re not alone.
In fact, only around a quarter of us know where we want to go in our careers, and feel as if we know how to get there, according to our latest research*. And whilst some go to friends and family for advice, many people don’t seek any help at all.
This article explores what the most pressing needs are when it comes to career advice right now, and provides a number of resources to address these needs.
‘A job, not a career’
Less than a quarter (24%) of those we surveyed suggested that they have their careers mapped out – knowing both where they want to go, and how to get there.
Just under a fifth (18%) say that they know where they want to go, but aren’t sure how to get there, and a further 15% indicate they’re at a career crossroads. Something which might not be all that surprising, given the current pressures brought on by the pandemic.
Perhaps more worryingly, 17% of those we asked feel they have a job, and not a career. Whilst a further 8% admit that they have absolutely no idea what to do next.
Career advice not being sought out
Despite a number of people expressing a lack of clear career direction, many don’t actively seek out advice – even from their peers.
Almost four in 10 (39%) of those we surveyed suggest that they wouldn’t ask for any form of advice.
Of those who would, close acquaintances are the first port of call with three in 10 (30%) asking their friends and a similar number (28%) saying they’d ask a family member.
Other sources of advice included asking colleagues (24%), reaching out to professional networks (19%), and using online career advice resources (17%).
CV writing and reskilling advice are most in-demand
CV writing is overwhelmingly the biggest area where people feel they need support.
29% are looking for advice on writing and optimising their CV, closely followed by those who want help with reskilling (26%). With many sectors stretched due to ongoing restrictions, reskilling and upskilling are trends that continue to dominate – especially for anyone looking to make the most of their transferable skills.
Interview coaching (23%), career progression or promotion advice (22%), and advice on making a career change (21%) were all other areas that people want advice on.
How can reed.co.uk help?
We have a wide range of expert advice on reed.co.uk, which could help improve your career prospects. Even if you haven’t considered asking for help before.
So whether you’re actively searching for work right now, or you’re just curious about how to take the next step in your career, we’ve got you covered:
- CV advice – Writing a CV isn’t always easy. Especially if you haven’t written one for a while – or even at all. We’ve got a variety of advice to help you get started, ranging from CV templates and tips, through to advice on lines that could be killing your CV, and how to tell when it’s time for a CV refresh.
- Interview advice – A lot of interviews are being conducted remotely right now. But that doesn’t make them any less nerve-wracking. Our tips cover common interview questions and answers, how to deal with interview-related stress, and more. We’ve also got dedicated resources on video interviewing, to help you avoid any potential interview nightmares.
- Early careers advice – If you’re just starting out in your career, we’ve got dedicated graduate and school leaver advice sections, and a selection of personal statement examples. We’ve also made a list of six of the best entry level jobs, to help inspire you.
- Career changers – Career at a crossroads? No problem. Our career change CV template will help you put together your application for a new industry, and make the most of your transferable skills. And if you’re just looking for advice on retraining, or you need to get over a career gap, we can help with that too.
- Advice on progression – We’ve covered some of the top tips to progress in your career, as well as some careers with excellent progression built in. Other things we can help with here include how to ask for a pay rise, and how to make a personal development plan.
- Work-life balance – Having a good balance between your personal and professional life is a vital part of ensuring you’re happy at work. Aside from general tips on how to achieve a good work-life balance, we’ve got tips on mindfulness, how to work from home (and stay productive), and how to work from home with kids – which many of us have had to get the hang of, during the pandemic.
- Upskilling – It isn’t just career advice that’s available. We have over 60,000 courses live on reed.co.uk right now, ranging from introductory courses to professional qualifications. The majority of courses are available online, meaning you can work studying around your schedule. And with thousands of discounted courses and free courses available, your career aspirations don’t have to be held back by your bank balance.
So even if you don’t actively want to ask for help, there could be an article out there to help you figure out where you want to go next
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*We surveyed 2,000 people in January 2021, to find out their opinions on careers, and finding work this year.
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