Take Charge of Your Career
Jamie Schneiderman |
While the world of work is changing rapidly, companies have tended to be much slower to change. It used to be that individuals would spend most or all of their careers with the same company. But, over the past 30 years something completely different has happened and now virtually nobody expects to spend more than a small percentage of their careers at any one company.
A major driver of this change is that, unfortunately, too many employees wait for their employers to direct their careers. However, most organizations do a very poor job of managing the career growth and development of their employees and that’s shown up in engagement results as over half of employees in the U.S. are not engaged with their employer, according to a recent Gallup poll.
So, how can you navigate your way through this and end up with a career you love? Clearly, in most cases, it isn’t by waiting for your employer. You need to take charge of your career and you need to think about your career path and the skills and development you will need to meet your long-term career development goals.
Start with the end in mind. Where are you trying to get to? What does success look like? If you’re in the wrong job or career, don’t let others tell you that that’s all you can do – that’s nonsense. Figure out what you like doing and what you want to do and then build your professional growth and development plan with that in mind.
In this new world of work, you can take charge of your career. It is up to you to step up and find the opportunities for learning, growth and development. If you look around you may find these inside your organization’s HR department, or you may also find it through online training courses, career pathing software, or even workshops in your local community.
So, stop waiting for anyone else to do it for you and get going. Take charge of your career.
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