Tis’ the season to be jolly! We at Find Your Flex hope you are all enjoying the festive season; feeling merry, giving and thankful for all the positivity Christmas brings. Such is the mindset of this time of year.
Speaking of mindset; Find Your Flex wants to give you all a Christmas present that will last you a lifetime! But we’ll get to that later. For now we are posing the question of why mindset is so important on your career journey?
The answer might seem obvious; a positive mindset is the best way to achieve your goals. That is certainly true, but that’s a generalising view.
When we go deeper there are different types of mindsets when on your career journey. And they can all be empowering or detrimental to where you end up. Even a positive mindset can be the wrong kind for a certain stage of your career.
Have a defeatist Mindset never gets you anywhere
Searching for your ideal job role that will mark the beginning or the next stage in your career journey, can be a daunting thing. You can put a lot of pressure on yourself because of this.
Arguably your mindset is the most important aspect of looking for work. It can be what makes or breaks an application or an interview.
Referring back to pressure, you can sometimes have the mindset that you’re not good enough or don’t fit the requirements. The more job applications you see that make you feel unworthy, the more ingrained you can get into this way of thinking. Avoid this mindset at all costs as it is a long road to nowhere good.
If you don’t know this already, Find Your Flex is here to let you in on the secret: most employers don’t really expect you to tick every box on a job application. Even the so-called “essential requirements.”
What you have to understand is, in the employers’ minds; that is the perfect candidate. And nobody’s perfect, so it’s like a test; see which boxes do get ticked and how the other aspects that might be lacking, are compensated for.
Find Your Flex has campaigned for this to change as we believe it is an unfair way of advertising jobs. And that employers are missing out on a lot of Talent because of this. Job descriptions should be output based; describing solely the output of the job and not set out an essential criteria for the applicant. For more on output, click here.
Regardless of how stacked job descriptions appear, or how many applications don’t go anywhere, do not put yourself down because of it. It’s easy to go down a rabbit hole with that way of thinking and it will never lead to success.
You are not owed anything
On the other end of the scale, you can never just assume you have done enough to get a job and be content with that. I’m speaking with some experience here.
Overconfidence and naivety will never fuel a mindset that will benefit you.
Sometimes we can be naive about what will get us into our ideal job role. I was naive when initially looking to secure a role. I believed that since I worked hard to achieve my degree, that should show employers I’m a good fit for their role. I was wrong.
For graduates fresh out of uni, if all you have is your degree and nothing else, I’m here to tell you it is not enough. That may not seem fair but unfortunately it is the truth.
Not to say your degree isn’t an important part of your CV, it is. But if that’s all you have there will be others with that and more. Read John Adam’s thoughts on Universities in the modern world for more on this subject. Although, its not just about graduates looking to start their careers.
If you have years of experience in a role, you might think that should automatically make you fit for a similar role you are applying for. That might not be the case.
If you were in the same role for 10+ years and that role did not change or you didn’t accumulate any new skills during that time, there is an issue.
A lot can change in that time. If you refer to past experience alone, an employer can view you as set in your ways or even outdated.
Even certain positive mindsets can be detrimental if they are overly positive to the point of being unrealistic. Always look for that balance between optimistic and realistic.
Complacency vs Progression
It is important to maintain a healthy mindset while in work. This can sometimes be difficult when you’re not necessarily where you want to be in your career.
When climbing the ladder you should be actively trying to increase your knowledge, skills and experience. This can be done both inside and outside of work.
If you want to progress in your career quickly, you should always be looking for new opportunities everywhere. Not just where you currently work.
However climbing the ladder might not be what you want. There’s no law that says you can’t be content with your current position and should constantly be seeking more. Your current role may facilitate your life well enough. You don’t need to be constantly thinking: “what’s next?”
That does not mean you should stop developing. Be content sure, but don’t get complacent. Because the only certain thing in life is that nothing is for certain.
You never know what is round the corner, especially in the digital age where job roles are becoming automated all the time. Or the company you work for may hit hard times and be forced make redundancies.
I touched upon this earlier; if you spend years in a role that does not alter and you learn nothing new in all that time, you put yourself at a disadvantage.
Even if you are happy with your current role, you should still keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to improve your skill set. Even simply keeping up to date with the latest developments that affect your role and learning the skills that come with these.
The mindset you have must always keep the future in sight. Whether climbing the ladder or having a back up plan; always keep developing yourself.
So what is the Mindset you need for Success?
If you think you have to have different mindsets for each stage of your career journey, you don’t. There is one mindset that accounts for every point of your professional life from start to finish.
Find Your Flex wants you to have said mindset, but we also want to bring you more than that throughout your career journey. Other tools and advice that will empower you to achieve your career goals and enable you to put life first.
To find out the true mindset to success, visit here to download the pdf. Think of it as opening the door to an Advent Calendar, what is inside may not be as sweet as chocolate, but what you will receive is far more rewarding and empowering!
Keep your eye out, holidays are coming, but so are great things from Find Your Flex!