We will all likely face it at one point or another in life — a career crossroads. It may come when our company decides to downsize or restructure. Or, maybe we will face a career crossroads when moving to a new city or becoming an empty nester. Any number of things can cause this life change and the question to ask yourself is:

“How will I handle it?”

When facing a career crossroads, it is important to take time to think about the future. While your first instinct may be to jump at the first available opportunity that comes your way, it is important to instead stop and ask yourself a few key questions.

Taking the time upfront to think about how your career decisions will play out, formulate a strategy and a plan, and gather resources to keep by your side, will help you face your career crossroads well prepared for the journey ahead.

5 Questions To Ask Yourself When At A Career Crossroads

What do I desire to do?

Let’s face it. Long term happiness in the work that you choose to do will depend a lot on your enjoyment of the work day in and day out. Before choosing what direction to go when you face a career crossroads, ask yourself, “What do I desire to do?” Chances are that your dream job is out there — you just have to decide what that is and how you will either find or create it.

Related: Questions To Ask When Starting A Business

What keeps me going and motivated everyday?

When you face a career crossroads, also ask yourself, “What keeps me going and motivated everyday?” If you are reading this article and looking for ways to advance your career, you are likely not someone that will be content punching a time clock and collecting a paycheck. Getting in tune with your source of motivation will also contribute to long term enjoyment of your position at work.

What skills and strengths do I have to offer a potential employer?

While we all might be able to name a few things off the top of our heads that we are good at, digging deeper through self-assessment can help you take inventory of your skillset and give you a better idea of the wide range of strengths you may offer to a future employer. With the information you will find out about yourself through self-assessment, you will also be better armed to know where to begin looking for your next role. Understanding what motivates you and where your strengths lie will be a powerful promotional tool in the return-to-work process. Read more in our related article in our July newsletter.

The good news is that you can get started assessing your skills from the comfort of your own home. Register today for our upcoming September 19th webinar The Value of Self-Assessment In the Return-To-Work Process.

What can I do to begin networking right now?

There is no doubt about it, doors open easier and faster when you have the right connections. That’s why at Opting Back In, we are firm believers in the power of networking, and offer you many opportunities to do so.

Don’t be shy! We have been in your shoes and are here to offer you a community of support through our Coffee & Conversation networking events. We most likely have one coming up soon, so be sure to check our schedule of events and RSVP for the next one soon.

What do I want my future to look like?

It is never too late to get started on creating the life of your dreams. When you face a career crossroads, not only is it important to evaluate your skillset and prepare for your next position accordingly, but it is also important to think about how your decisions now will affect your future. Asking yourself, “What do I want my future to look like?” will be an important step in creating a career path that will bring you success, joy and happiness for years to come.

How Opting Back In Can Help When You Are At A Career Crossroads

Helping you in your return-to-work journey is our passion and we have several experts available as a resource to you to help you along the way. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, learning opportunities and more, we are here to help you find the path that it right for you when facing a career crossroads.

Register for one of our upcoming events to get started today.