It is a brand new year. It is that time again where we make New Year’s resolutions about a lot of things…losing weight… exercising more… volunteering, etc. We also sometimes decide that we are going to change jobs, prepare for a promotion, go back to school to get new skills, or many other career related goals. The problem is such goals usually lose momentum by March. We get into the day to day grind and forget about our long term focus. This month we will try to give you helpful tips about staying true to your dreams and realizing your goals.
I hope the answer to that question is you. You should be in control of your career journey. However, that is not always the case. We sometimes allow others to dictate our path. You may be thinking it is easier to let someone else dictate your path and all you have to do is simply follow it. Piece of cake, right? Wrong! The person giving you advice could have some hidden agenda that benefits them more. Or perhaps the path they are creating for you does not at all align with your dreams, desires and ambitions.
Here are some steps to take charge of your career:
- Develop A Plan: You are the person in control of your career and have to manage it – no one else. Ask yourself what drives you?…what inspires you?…what do you look forward to most in your day?…what’s your vision? Now develop a plan to make it happen.
- Own Your Goals: Last week we wrote about owning your goals. Are your goals yours? Are you passionate about them? Take a look at our nifty flow chart to help you decide if you’re just going through the motions and doing what others want you to do or if your goals are truly part of your personal vision.
- Talk To Your Boss: If your boss is the one dictating a career path for you that you are not eager to jump on, perhaps you should schedule some time to talk to him/her. Find out what they believe your strengths and weaknesses are, and compare their list with yours. Together develop a plan that will be equally beneficial.
- Continue Learning: We live in a world where things are constantly changing and evolving. Because of that, you need to stay up to date on your skills. What additional skills do you need to help you better market your number one product – you.
- Know When To Leave: Don’t stick with a company that lacks the opportunity to empower your career vision. If your current company does not help you achieve your career plan, it is time to pack up and find something new.
Remember, it’s about what you want to do and who you want to be. So starting today, I encourage you to take control of your own career path.