How to navigate your next move in digital

Deciding on your next career move, whether that be a job role or a whole new sector, can be trickier than expected. Although you may have a set career move in mind, understanding how to navigate your way to it can be a challenge for many professionals. Before making your decision, there will be various factors to consider, professionally and personally.

The good news is, the digital industry has an abundance of opportunities to explore and with new innovations being introduced by the day, the possibility of securing an interesting position is high. 

The three main points of considering are: how you feel in your current role, why you want to make a change, and what it will take to get there. 

If you’re considering a career move in digital, but you’re not sure how to go about it, we’ll look at a few ways in which you can navigate your way to a new role successfully. 

Are you fulfilled in your current position? 

The answer to this question will likely determine whether you want to make a career move or not. Determining whether you’re fulfilled in your current role will come down to various factors. Being happy in your position is paramount to your overall performance and progression. The working culture could also play a key role, are you recognised for your achievements? Do you receive the necessary support? Are you being listened to? 

Identify whether you’re on target to reach your professional goals

This firstly depends on your level of expertise. A senior marketer may feel they have met their professional targets with one business, whereas a junior marketer may feel that there is no room for progression or development in their position. It’s key to remember that should you want to move on to another position, having a solid background with achievements to boost your profile is important.  Consider whether you’ve achieved everything you can in your current position and how a career move will align with your goals and aspirations. 

Do you have a plan? 

Ensure you have the plan to help you navigate your next career move. Although you want to make a change, you may not have the experience, skills, or know-how to make this transition successfully. Put a plan together that will give you a realistic time frame of when you will be ready to make a change in your career. Making a move too soon could have a negative effect on your long-term career. 

Use your network 

Your network could play a very important role in your quest to find new opportunities. Your pool of experienced digital professionals will no doubt have connections who are looking to expand their digital teams. Developing relationships whilst showcasing your abilities, talents, and achievements will help you be recognisable to your network when looking for new opportunities. Experienced professionals in your network can also give you advice and guidance on how to approach a change in your career.  

Where are your transferrable skills? 

Your transferrable skills could be one of the main factors in the development of your career and the opportunities you receive. Your ability to be versatile in the workplace will leave you in a good position when it comes to fitting into different workplaces. Digital professionals are being challenged to have broad skillsets, as employers look to tackle the existing skills gap.  

Identify the transferrable skills you possess and how they will be beneficial when switching to a Marketing or Ecommerce career. 

Take your time when considering a change 

Deciding on a career move is a big step, so it’s important you take your time when making a decision. Whether you decide to make a career move or stay put for the time being, your decision could have a very big effect on your professional career. At Blu Digital, our knowledgeable, professional, and proactive consultants are ready to provide you with the advice and support you need. 

Do you feel more assured about making decisions on the next steps in your career? If so, make sure you visit our jobs page for the latest opportunities. 

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