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Top 4 pieces of advice when making your next career move

By David Filby, Senior Vice President at i-Pharm USA

January 2021

Top 4 pieces of advice when making your next career move

I mentioned in my last post the huge amount of knowledge and advice I absorbed during nearly ten years with my last agency. It helped me enormously in making the right move to lead the U.S. team at i-Pharm Consulting.

So I thought I’d pick my Top 4 best pieces of advice that I received in making your next career choice:

You’re allowed one mistake – One of the most comforting things I was told is that everyone’s allowed to get their next career move wrong. You’ll never know the job is right until you’ve been doing it for six months at least, so stop looking for the perfect job, focus on the big picture and know that your life’s work won’t be tarnished if you get a career decision wrong. 

Beware of the identity crisis – A colleague summed this feeling up perfectly. It can be hard to know how you’ll perform once you leave the familiarity of your current surroundings. In the recruitment sector, we often promote an environment of accountability and demonstrating achievements – yet when it’s time to leave we worry we’ll leave our success behind. Be confident in what you’re good at and realize your skillset comes with you wherever you go. 

Pick a journey, not a pay-check – I remember another colleague really helping me to figure out what I enjoyed most in my job and therefore what I wanted from my next role. Rejecting a bigger salary or compensation package is difficult, so prioritize your three main motivations, beyond money, as a way to focus on asking the right questions in interviews and weighing up offers. 

For me, those three drivers were: autonomy to step up and lead; scale of ambition in my new company; and an ethos based on quality and client-centric principles. I interviewed with nearly 20 CEOs when making my career move a year ago – focusing on these motivations gave me clarity throughout the process.

When people you really trust are giving you their honest opinions on what’s best for you, it gives you incredible focus and confidence in making your decision.

Finally, an obvious one. Seek advice from as many people as possible. All the advice above – and a lot more over the years – helped me immensely when I made the move to i-Pharm. When people you really trust are giving their honest opinions on what’s best for you, it gives you incredible focus and confidence in making your decision. 

I hope this advice helps anyone considering a career move in the future – I would love to hear your thoughts! 

I’m also looking to add to my team for 2021 and am now open to Senior and Junior Consultants, as well as a Head of Internal Recruitment to fuel our growth plans for this year. 2020 saw us double in size and build our leadership team and infrastructure to support career growth and scalability. We’ve brought in some exceptional talent who I believe are destined for the top and who we intend to grow around. If you’re interested in hearing more about our plans and discussing your own career goals, feel free to reach out.