Whether you’re an experienced professional or just starting out, it’s important to have at least a rough idea of what the next step in your career might look like.
It could be a promotion at the company where you already work, you may want to pivot into a new sector, you may even be looking to move to a new country—once you know your motivations it’s easier to figure out how to take that next step.
So what are some of the key things you should consider when planning your next career move? And how can you prepare yourself?
Your ability to make an impact
The ability to make a positive impact on both the people around you and wider society is becoming increasingly important for workers today. According to Deloitte, 55% of millennials and 52% of Gen Z say they are interested in working for companies with a social purpose.
For Max Von Hoyningen, who’d already had success as a KPMG strategy consultant and then data analytics entrepreneur, the next career step meant moving into a more sustainability-led role.
This drove him to enroll in the International MBA program at IE Business School in Spain, where he learned key skills that were essential to lead a career with impact.“The MBA gave me the confidence to pursue new solutions against the usual pushbacks, instead of finding the seemingly best traditional approach,” he says.
After graduation, Max launched a new career working in corporate relations at the World Wildlife Fund in Germany. Like many others who enroll at business school, the teaching and experiences he gained allowed him to move towards a career that makes a difference.
Your travel expectations
Many jobs offer the opportunity to travel. Consultants often have to physically see their clients in action, investment bankers may be required to oversee a deal in-person, while marketing and communications professionals typically attend several events over the course of a year.
Other jobs offer fewer opportunities, so it’s worth considering if this is something you’d like from your next career move. If the answer is yes: the next question to ask is how you can make this possible.