This year’s new work trend is ‘career committing’

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Move over ‘quiet quitting’ – there’s a new work trend for 2023. Enter: ‘career committing’. This latest career buzzword is all about employees investing in their careers in a time of economic uncertainty.

Many embraced ‘quiet quitting’ and the great resignation in the last few years. But this year, against a backdrop of a recession and cost-of-living crisis, people may be less likely to want to quit their jobs, and particularly focused on earning what they feel they are worth.

According to research from LinkedIn, the UK is entering into the age of ‘career committing’. A survey by the company found that more than half (56%) of UK employees have made positive changes at work in response to economic uncertainty.

These changes include proactively taking on new projects (39%), networking more (35%) and making more of an effort with colleagues (30%). It also found that 74% of those surveyed are looking to invest in new skills to improve their career prospects, as a way to help grow their careers in these uncertain times.

Career coach Alice Stapleton says she has experienced an uptick in enquiries from clients looking to ‘career commit’ this year. She says this might be down to the time of year – new year, new you and all that. Alternatively, she says it could be that people are "feeling the pressure to prove their worth and value in a time of high-profile redundancies and companies continuing to cut costs".

But what should we make of ‘career committing’? Is it a Good Thing? "I love the idea of individuals re-engaging with their careers, and being proactive about their growth and learning," says Alice. "In my opinion, this approach, whilst maintaining the healthy boundaries that fuelled the ‘quiet quitting’ trend, could be the perfect blend."

Keen to give it a go? Here are Alice’s tips for putting it into action:

  1. "Get really clear on what you want out of your career. If you’re going to ‘commit’, you need to have your career goals clearly mapped out so you know what you’re working towards."

  2. "Share these goals with management and key decision makers. Get feedback on where the gaps might be, and seek out learning opportunities to fill these gaps."

  3. "If the thought of ‘committing’ to your current role fills you with utter dread, this may be a sign that a bigger change is required. Perhaps a new role, or a complete career change, might bring about the spark and motivation required to really commit to your career."

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