It can offer you a chance to reset and think about the type of working life that would be best for you. You never know, it might provide you with new and incredible opportunities that you had never before considered or even thought possible!
Working life is different for everyone and shouldn’t be compared
Work can come in many different forms. And all are equally worthy. Some people with MS will have office jobs, while others are employed in more physical lines of work. Some work full-time, others part-time, and some may be in and out of formal employment.
The working mindset can also differ significantly between people in the workplace, whether MS is in the picture or not. Some people are very career-oriented and are driven to do what it takes for them to climb up the ranks. But not everyone. Others don’t necessarily prioritise career progression in their life and are quite happy to take each day of work as it comes, and this is ok too.
We also recognise that not everyone with MS is able to stay in employment, and this might have been made even harder by the current pandemic. But there is no shame in this. Just because you aren’t working, it doesn’t mean that you cannot lead a fulfilling life and work towards unique goals of your own. If you aren’t employed to work, but you’ve instead turned your hand to volunteering, studying something new, are focused on childcare or domestic duties, or are in the process of transforming a hobby into a job, these are still forms of work that you should be proud of.
Setting goals for your career
When people think of career goals, it’s often associated with progressing up the corporate ladder. And for some, this is the case. But career goals can be diverse and progression at work can mean very different things for different people.
What are your career goals? And what would achieving them mean to you? Your goals might be about striding forwards in your career, but they don’t have to be. While they could be about pushing yourself to the limit, focusing all your energy into your job and aiming for a promotion, another person’s goals might focus on making small improvements in their current role whilst maintaining a good work-life balance.
In a recent poll of the MS One to One community on Twitter, we asked ‘Whatever your goal may be, what mindset is most important in helping you to succeed at work?’ – and this was your response: