Formula One is a highly pressured sport with a competitive racing calendar. Last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix night race saw some drivers face unanticipated challenges, such as engine failures and crashes during the race.
Like these Formula One drivers, some of us may also face unexpected challenges and setbacks in our careers. These challenges could be making a wrong career move, feeling burnout or being made redundant. Regardless of the scale of the issue, you will undoubtedly find yourself having to react quickly, change tactics and undergo a bit of stress occasionally.
Here are three tips to help you deal with a career crisis and unexpected bumps in the road..
1. Turn crisis into victoryDuring a race, Formula One drivers can have mechanical failures which can force them to retire from races. For example Mark Webber, the Australian Red Bull driver, had to drop out from the race last Sunday during the very last lap due to engine failure.
These scenarios are part of the life on the circuit, and apply to the workplace as well. One can face redundancy at work due to various external factors – the company undergoes re-structuring or goes bankrupt. Often people let mistakes and crises cripple — even paralyse — them, but bouncing back from roadblocks in your career is not as daunting as you might think.
Take this as an opportunity to reflect on your career strategy and goals, and choose the next career move wisely. Do not take the first opportunity that is presented to you unless it fits your long-term career ambitions. Land yourself a job that you really like and turn a crisis into a victory.
2. Give yourself time to heal and re-energiseEvery second counts during a Formula One race. However, you will notice that drivers spare a few precious seconds to go back to the pit for refuelling, new tyres, repairs, or mechanical adjustments. Despite taking time out, these few seconds will ensure the car runs faster and smoother, enabling better performance en-route to the finish line.
You can take a similar approach to your career journey. If you feel that you are burning out and have no passion for what you do anymore, instead of just calling it quits, it is important for you to pause for a while, give yourself time to re-energise, re-focus, review and make necessary changes to your career strategy. Consistently compete in top condition and make sure you have a clear view of the finish line..
3. Constantly upskill yourselfCompeting in a fast-moving and high-pressure environment, F1 drivers are known for their vigorous training regimes to stay mentally and physically strong.
Sometimes, when someone works in a position for a considerable period time or reaches a senior level, they could become complacent and forget to upskill themselves. The truth is, no matter what career path you have taken, it is important to constantly build your knowledge and skill set to remain competitive. Maintain your position as an expert. For senior level employees, try mentoring a junior colleague. You can learn new ideas and skills from them as well.
Unforeseen challenges at the workplace are part and parcel of anyone’s job. While such situations can be stressful, it is important to remain positive and flexible, and not let the roadblocks prevent you from achieving your long-term career ambitions.
Article by: Richard Farmer, Director – Professionals, Randstad