Your career

This section, ‘Your career’, covers a myriad of useful topics to help you successfully manage your career, looking at both work and personal development, and how your job affects your life.

It also contains plenty of information and advice for employers, from how to carry out a job evaluation and the benefits of performance appraisals to how to deal with difficult conversations at work.

The word ‘career’, by definition, is ‘an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life, and with opportunities for progress’. That key point - a significant period of one’s life – highlights that your career choice is not something to take lightly.

Even if you love what you do, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut, to feel undervalued, overworked and stressed. You must regard your career positively in order to realise your full potential, and so learning how to manage your career is something every professional needs to understand.

Do you want to develop your career and start moving on up? Take a look at our articles on how to get a promotion and professional development. You may be considering looking for a new jobreducing your hours or even a complete career change.

You might be concerned about how company redundancies will affect you, and what your rights are, or maybe you need a few tips on how to go about resigning.

You may feel your lack of confidence is hindering your chances of career development, and are seeking advice on how to identify your strengths and understand your skills. Perhaps you want to improve your work profile and start actively networking with colleagues.

There is also plenty of advice for both employees and employers on how to deal with tricky workplace situations, from asking or being asked for a pay rise to raising grievances and managing a difficult boss.

On a more personal level, we also look at how issues such as commutingstresshealth and equality all affect your working life.