Is 2023 the year of the career reset?

The pandemic turned the world on its head. Then, still reeling in a state of shock and uncertainty, it presented us with gifts.

Like your cat with the proverbial mouse proudly displayed at its feet, it was being charitable, guiding us on how it is done. Most of us, not attuned to universal or cat talk, swiftly rejected the messages and gifts.

With disgust and a dose of fear, we pushed the cat and pandemic back out; the door slammed sharply behind.

The cat, with its bounty and offerings, kept coming – and slowly and even gratefully, we accepted.

Embracing change, becoming more self-reflective and resilient are just some of the pandemic’s silver lining gifts.

The new year rolled by, and with renewed enthusiasm we set our annual resolutions or new year goals. If following suit, by February or March, we robe the hangover of another year of promises to ourselves.

But 2023 is different!

Armed with the boons of the pandemic, never have our resolutions been better poised to be realised. Equipped, we are eager to leap and fit for change. Knowing if COVID-19 can happen, anything can, and it has us striving for more. And the ‘more’ is something we all feel we deserve.

Already on track, workplace flexibility was key this year. Meeting the challenge, nearly four in five employers now offer more formal flexible work policies. Yet, 72 per cent of employed Australians feel unhappy at work.

Disillusioned? We shouldn’t be surprised.

According to trauma medical experts, disillusionment is the fifth stage of disaster response and recovery, with the sixth and final stage being reconstruction.

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Moving through these critical stages, a career reset could be the natural choice for many of this year.