Deciding your next move, and setting SMART goals

How do you decide your next move?

  • Think about what interests you. It’s important to have passion for your work and to demonstrate this to potential employers. Before deciding whether to change career or start a business you first need to have an idea of what your interests are, what you are passionate about and what you can see yourself doing.
  • Think about what you are good at. Your skills and experiences can be applied to other industries, sectors or job roles within your current sector, so think about how your skills are transferrable.
  • Talk to your adviser. At TCHC, we provide one-to-one careers advice to help you decide your next move.
  • Do your research. Use the internet or your local library to do research about potential sectors to work in or on business proposals. Before you commit to a certain path, it’s best to know as much as possible about what to expect, otherwise you might fall flat on your face.
  • Ask contacts, friends and family members. You may have an extensive list of contacts within your industry or previous colleagues who you can draw on for help. Keep in contact with current colleagues as well, however hard the situation may be, as they may learn of opportunities that might be suitable for you.
  • Volunteering. This will help to build your contacts, and give you a distraction to keep you busy while you are out of work. Many people find volunteering extremely rewarding and there is often the opportunity to study towards a qualification.
  • Self-employment. You should consider all the options and this might be an option for you. If you have an idea that you think could make you money then TCHC can help with that too through our Practical Skills for Business course.

Setting Goals

Once you have decided what you want to do with your career, before you start job searching, set some goals for yourself. This can help you focus on what you want to achieve and motivate yourself to keep going.
Your goals should follow the SMART model, they should be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

To set goals, start by setting large lifetime goals for yourself, then break these down into small, more achievable goals. Then, devise a plan of action for achieving these goals.

TCHC has proven success in supporting jobseekers and those affected by redundancy find work or start a business.

If you are in the East of England, and have received your redundancy notice or are a company about to make redundancies, then you can contact us on 01923 698430 or email the redundancy team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit our redundancy web page for more information on our Skills Support for Redundancy programme.

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