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4.2 Reflecting on your wish list and SWOT analysis

You might have concluded that trying to improve your current situation is your best option. For instance, if you are employed and not doing the work that most interests you, or feel that you are struggling to get right the balance between work and the rest of your life, you may already have thought about how you might seek some changes within your existing job.

Some of your future-based aspirations, however, may not fit at all with your current situation. Perhaps you are not in work at all and are struggling to find a job. Perhaps you like your job but do not seem to be able to get promoted. You might not be able to take on work at the moment, but want to prepare yourself for doing that in the future; however, making time for study or work experience is difficult. Whatever the change you want to make, you might need to consider one or more of the following approaches:

  • Change yourself. Examine your own attitudes, behaviour, ambitions, skills and lifestyle, and consider how, if you changed any of these, your situation might improve.
  • Live with it. Devise a strategy to minimise the aspects of the situation you do not like and maximise those you do.
  • Leave. Find a constructive way to move away from the situation that causes you difficulties.

In the next section you will be writing an action plan for the next six months. Bear these potential changes in mind as you think about the actions that might best serve you.