Creating Your Post-Brexit Career Action Plan

While it might be tempting to wait and see how things shake out after Brexit, nothing is worse than missing out on a career opportunity that could change your life.

“It’s not always safer to stay where you are,” warned Corinne Mills, career coach and managing director of Personal Career Management. “Companies are constantly changing and reorganising regardless of Brexit; the future belongs to those who anticipate and plan ahead.”

Moreover, finalising the U.K.’s exit from the EU could take another 18 months or longer. Failing to create a career action plan now can leave you feeling helpless and stuck for a very, very long time.

How can you develop a strategy to come out ahead in these turbulent times? Here are some ways to adapt your career-planning process for a post-Brexit world.

Reevaluate and Set New Goals

Evaluating your strengths and specialties, preferences, technical passions and financial needs is an important (and frequently overlooked) step in the planning process. “And avoid the tendency to look inward at your present company; look externally and globally to consider a wide range of options,” Mills said.

Don’t focus on a specific job title or company, either; identify the things that are important to you in a workplace and career such as autonomy, competitive pay or a positive culture, advised career coach and consultant Hannah Salton.

Once you’ve decided what you want to achieve and the type of responsibilities you want to have, the next step is to research the impact of Brexit on the market and future technology trends.

Staying one step ahead is always important in a dynamic field such as tech, but it’s absolutely vital when Brexit could impact funding, regulations, currency exchange rates, and the potential for growth in various businesses and industries. The best career opportunities lie at the nexus of your interests and areas of projected growth; comparing the two can illuminate the path forward during uncertain times.

For instance, London is expected to maintain its fintech influence, so if you’re looking to move beyond engineering or the confines of traditional banking, perhaps you’d like to become a product manager for a blockchain firm.

Or if you like being on the cutting edge, maybe you’d like to work with artificial intelligence (A.I.) technologies. The number of A.I. roles in Britain has increased by 485 percent over the past three years, and Accenture estimates that A.I. could add 654 billion pounds to the U.K. economy by 2035.

Finally, don’t be afraid to run your ideas by a few colleagues or former managers; seeking out other opinions and advice can help you navigate a market laden with risks and opportunities.

Build Your Skills and Network

Once you’ve set new career goals, it’s time to build an action plan. Will you need additional technical skills and experience to hit your target? Do you need a mentor? Do you have the right contacts to move forward?

“Expanding your network could be the key to coming out on top,” Salton noted. “Be aware of what other companies are doing and proactive about building relationships.”

Create a to-do list or a series of action steps to put you on a path toward your final destination.


Finally, it’s time to decide whether your present employer can meet your needs going forward.

Does your current company match your career strategy? Does it have a plan to survive and thrive after Brexit? Could your income and growth be hampered by severe budget cuts or downsizing? Is your employer committed to employee development and new technologies, or will you stagnate in a new environment?

For instance, working with diverse people from different cultures and backgrounds may help you land that coveted position as a product manager in a post-Brexit world, by exposing you to a greater range of companies, contacts, and opportunities. Does your current employer offer the chance to interface with clients or work on culturally diverse teams? If not, a change may be in order.

When 53 percent of employers say their organisation is up-skilling their existing workforce in order to improve their future talent pipeline, there’s no reason to settle for a subpar job. And despite post-Brexit concerns, many tech execs have positioned London as Europe’s number one business hub.

“Companies that are too rigid or that don’t have a sound strategy may not survive the upheaval,” Mills noted. “Choosing the right company can further your career.”

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