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The Balancing Act – Can You Grow Your Career While Integrating Work-Life Harmony?

Camilla offers a unique blend of one-on-one coaching, online courses, and a thriving community that focuses on helping individuals discover their true professional calling.

 
Executive Contributor Camilla Hasloch

The task of navigating career advancement while integrating work-life harmony can be daunting, especially in an era marked by rapid technological disruption and job uncertainty. This article delves into six crucial strategies that are essential for balancing career momentum whilst celebrating important life moments, offering a pathway to sustain career success and personal fulfilment.


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Achieving career advancement amid work-life turmoil

In 2006, Mainiero and Sullivan introduced the Kaleidoscope Career Model (KCM ), using the metaphor of a kaleidoscope to explain how careers evolve in response to personal needs for authenticity, balance and challenge (ABC.) Fast forward 18 years and professionals are still finding it challenging to integrate their work and life priorities to achieve both their desired career trajectory and work-life harmony.


The pressure to pursue career advancement while also navigating significant personal milestones conjures up fear and overwhelm for many, particularly in an era where rapid technology disruption is leading to uncertainty and job insecurity.


Career adaptability: Embracing change for success

Organisations rely heavily on employee expertise and initiative for organisational growth and innovation. Traditionally, the job assigned to an individual was seen as static; employees were required to follow rigid job descriptions, but times have changed. Organisations now seek proactive and engaged employees who can navigate current and anticipated career challenges to create and sustain a healthy and motivated work ethic. This shift has given rise to job crafting, where you take the initiative to shape your own work responsibilities, making your role more challenging and rewarding.


By learning new skills and engaging in new projects, you can positively impact your performance and career trajectory. Adaptability allows you to thrive amid changing circumstances and seize new opportunities for career growth while accommodating work-life harmony. As industries evolve and organisational landscapes shift, adaptability becomes an indispensable skill for career advancement while accommodating personal milestones.


Continuous learning: Lifelong development for career progression

Continuous learning is planned systematically to promote growth and development through formal courses and programs and informal, progressive development (skillful know-how) in the workplace.

The traditional education model where you gained a certification in a specialised field of study followed by a fixed career path is evolving with the advancement of technology, leading to job re-designs for many industries. In the modern workplace, careers develop continuously through personal empowerment, motivation and lifelong learning. You can shape and develop your career over a lifetime through environmental opportunities, constraints, personal aspirations, abilities and experiences.


By adopting a holistic approach to continuous learning plan, integrating formal education and informal skill development that fits around your personal routine, you can advance your career without sacrificing personal milestones.


Strategic networking: Building bridges for opportunities

With the rise of boundaryless careers and the gig economy, networking has become crucial to building your professional digital brand. It is your responsibility to craft your own career success and rather than rely on your current organisation for career acceleration. This shift has enhanced the need for self—career management behaviours, networking and visibility. Networking creates a competitive edge throughout every stage of your career. If you are promotion-focused, you should nurture contacts to stay aware of research possible opportunities. Career development networking focuses on cultivating long-term, mutually beneficial relationships rather than just selling oneself. By being proactive through networking efforts, you can build connections that lead to ongoing career success.


By taking a proactive and strategic approach to building lasting connections, you can align with organisations and industry decision-makers who support your career development plan. Professional networks improve the quality of work and increase job satisfaction whilst allowing you the freedom to subjectively create relationships with organisations that promote the celebration of personal milestones and self-managed career development.


Digital literacy: Mastering technology for career enhancement

The Industrial Revolution 4.0 has created a digital age where digital literacy and tech savviness are essential competencies for career success. Assessing and leveraging digital resources can significantly improve your career advancement. Professionals with advanced digital skills are better equipped to leverage technology for increased productivity and efficiency, which is looked upon favourably in relation to career promotion. Moreover, gaining exposure to digital industry trends enhances your competitiveness in a rapidly evolving job market.


Furthermore, digital literacy enables you to adapt to emerging technologies, enhancing your productivity and allowing you to embrace work-life harmony whilst avoiding career stagnation.


Well-being and work-life balance: Achieving harmony for career fulfilment

Striking the right balance between prioritising well-being and achieving work-life balance requires self-awareness, dedication and making intentional choices, which lead to healthy relationships, productivity and a better quality of life. To achieve this, strategies can be implemented in the form of learning to say ‘“no’”, delegating tasks, creating a routine to transition you from closing out work for the day to home life, starting new hobbies and making time to relax and unwind.


By investing in your self-care and the strategies outlined, you can achieve work-life integration, which leads to both personal and professional satisfaction.


Purpose-driven driven careers: Aligning values with goals and your career anchors

Personal choice is driven by values, beliefs and motivations. The correlation between personal values and career choice leads to positive career outcomes and self-realisation. Career anchors are the features or factors that draw you to a role, job and career choice; —they align with your talents, skills, needs and attitudes (your personal source of truth.) Career anchors are developed over time and evolve with your self concept and personal identity.


Once you have identified your career anchors, they help you to orientate suitable career paths, bringing your best attributes into your work. Over time, your dominant career anchors may shift, leading you to question your commitment to your current career situation. By consistently aligning your personal values to your career anchors, you create a holistic career strategy that incorporates your personal values and non-negotiables for ongoing career satisfaction and work-life harmony.


Empowering career advancement through holistic strategies

In conclusion, integrating these six strategies will empower you to navigate career advancement while also embracing work-life harmony. The KCM model and ABC frameworks support this holistic approach by emphasising the dynamic interplay between authenticity, balance and challenge. Adaptability and, continuous learning and digital literary address the challenge component of KCM, keeping you relevant and leveraging technology for career growth. Strategic networking facilitates authentic connections and a purpose-driven career will align with your core values, enhancing authentic connections.


Finally, prioritising well-being ensures a healthy work-life balance, while purpose-driven careers align with your core values, enhancing “authenticity”. By regularly aligning your career strategy with evolving personal beliefs, you will develop a boundaryless approach that leads to long-term career success and fulfilment. This integration enables you to thrive in the dynamic professional landscape while also embracing work-life harmony.


Are you ready to balance work-life harmony while growing your career?


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Camilla Hasloch, Life and Career Development Coach

Camilla Hasloch, is the visionary founder of Glassceiling career management. With a passion for unconventional career development, Camilla offers a unique blend of one on one coaching, online courses, and a thriving community that focuses on helping individuals discover their true professional calling. She combines life and career development coaching for her clients to truly recognise who they are and what that looks like in a satisfying career.

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