Take Control of your tax career

TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR CAREER

We frequently talk to people about why they would like to change their job. Often people give us a list of external factors as reasons why they want to find a new job…for example their boss, the hours they work, the team they work in or generally their work environment. 

However, it is really important that you realise that you can do very little to change those external factors – instead you have to concentrate on driving your tax career yourself and ensuring that you can determine what tax job would be the best role for you.  You can get yourself a new job, but how do you determine what would be the best for you? As you start to think about a new role work your way through the steps below to help you visualise the best job for you.

 

STEP 1 – VISUALISE WHAT YOUR IDEAL TAX PROFESSIONAL JOB WOULD LOOK LIKE

Consider some of the following questions:

  • What is my vision for my tax career?
  • What type of experiences do I want to have?
  • What type of people would I like to work with?

Don’t limit yourself in your answers – so no saying – ‘but that’s impossible’ or ‘I would never get to work with them’. Spend time thinking about your vision, write down your answers. 

 

STEP 2- DETERMINE WHAT REALLY MOTIVATES YOU IN LIFE 

If you can determine what motivates you in life then you will be able to determine what will motivate you best in your career, after all your career should not be separate from your life.

So, how are you best motivated? 

Which benefits do you desire from your career?

Benefits to a career can be split into extrinsic and intrinsic. For each benefit you can come up with split it between extrinsic and intrinsic and write it on a piece of paper.  Then it is really useful to split the benefits into columns or ‘must haves’, ‘nice to haves’ and not so important after all.

Extrinsicbenefits in a career are often typically tied to the way that you are compensated.  So for example:

  • salary levels
  • financial or non-financial benefits
  • working part time/flexibly
  • ability for secondments
  • profit sharing etc.

Consider what extrinsic benefits are needed to fully motivate you in your career.

 

 

Intrinsic benefits are non-tangible and are often tied to emotions. Intrinsic benefits may include:

  • being praised
  • having meaningful work
  • gaining learning and development
  • flexible working
  • having responsibility, managing others etc.

 Intrinsic benefits are often difficult for people to nail down. Sometimes it can be easier to think of a hobby or interest you have and work out why you are motivated in that interest, what is it that you like about it. 

Once you have determined what benefits are essential and what benefits would be desirable, let us know – it will help us find the best job for you.  Also, use these benefits as ways of assessing potential new roles, ask questions about these benefits in an interview, or research the culture of the company/office/team you will work in to see if you are likely to obtain these benefits in the potential new role.

 

STEP 3 – USE YOUR NETWORK

We have a vast network that can help you find your ideal tax role; however you have a great network too – you just don’t know it yet!

Think about those that you have connected with in the past- whether it be in or out of work. Reconnect even if it’s just on LinkedIn. Could those people act as mentors or advisors, what feedback can they give you on what you are like to work with, what advice can they give you based on their careers and experiences.

 

STEP 4- CREATE CAREER GOALS AND STEPS TO REACH THEM

By this last step you can visualise your ideal role, you understand what will motivate you in a role and you have a network that can help advise you.  Now is the time to determine and document your career goals.  Your ideal job might be your next role – but for most there are many steps needed to get there.  Pull together a line of career goals and for each one you need specific steps to get you there. Those steps must be small enough that you can achieve them and provide you with milestones you can tick off on your career path.  Put timescales around those milestones and who you will need to help you get there.  Make sure you regularly go back to your career plan and update it as you need to, but don’t file it away, keep it as a living document that keeps you on track.

 

Now, what is the next step?  Contact us and let us help you achieve your career goals!  

 

 

 

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.  

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.

The Tax Recruitment Company and its directors and staff do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. This communication/material has been prepared for general information purposes and guidance only. This communication/ material does not constitute tax, legal, accounting or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for any such specific advice relevant to particular circumstances.  You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting or other professional advisors for any specific advice following receipt of this communication/material.

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