The Cycle of Employment

How continuous self assessment is the driver to progression

How continuous self assessment is the driver to progression

When it comes to careers, each and every one of us tread a different path.  While the start may be similar for some, no two people share the same employment history, skills training, lessons learnt, project or client exposure. But, interestingly, while the outcomes are individualised, we all tend to follow a similar cycle through our employment with an organisation and the search for the next opportunity. And what drives this is satisfaction; of fit, growth, opportunities and happiness. How satisfied we are results in our staying or seeking.

The Potentia Cycle of Employment is a visual depiction of the way we move through a job. Human nature deems the pace and the method isn’t necessarily linear but the process is fairly homogeneous.  The cycle starts with an assessment of your current job satisfaction; the levels of happiness and gratification driven out of your deliverables, sense of responsibility and the opportunities that exist for your development. Dependent on the insights gleaned you will either progress to preparing yourself for the job search or further your skills and career with your current employer. Then you cycle through the hiring process, the settling in period, proving period, verification of fit and ability in the role and eventually success.

What is consistent throughout each step of your employment and job search, is the need for self-assessment. Without this there is no propelling yourself to the next stage, in fact you can often languish in one part of the cycle.  It is only when we self-assess with honesty and balance that insights are extracted, and we can really drive ourselves through the employment cycle and clearly identify the stage we are at.  

So how do you effectively self-assess? Some describe it as mindfulness others, taking an honest look at yourself. For some it is asking hard questions and others its hearing answers they don’t want too. Whatever way you look at it, it is grounded in honesty and is a valuation of what you do, how well you do it and what else you’d like to be doing. A really quick and easy self-assessment tool is Stop, Start, Continue – what should I stop doing, what should I start doing and what should I continue doing.

At Potentia, our coaches use an Identification, Assessment and Action model. This can be applied to every stage and in fact, so many situations in life. Over the coming weeks we’ll delve deeper into these three actions and their use in the different stages of the cycle of employment.

While self-assessment is essential to development and career movement, it is only when this is overlaid with an external contribution that a true picture is formed. Feedback whether formal or informal, performance reviews, peer review, coach, life partners thoughts or a project post analysis, tells you how others perceive your performance and contribution. Marry this information with your own insights and see the alignments and discrepancies to provide the full picture.

When there is no awareness of your own desires, performance, ability and satisfaction, there is no direction. Levels of self-awareness and the ability to self-assess at key points through your career can determine the pace of your success. The more robust the self-assessment of job satisfaction and proactive identification of development opportunities, the happier you will be when the answer presents itself and is acted on.