It can take several sessions for this to all come together. But making a commitment to get to that place where you are ready to go and grab the opportunities that are out there is a real investment in your future.
Which is why I was thrilled to read an article by Michael B. Arthur titled “What’s Your Next Career Move? You Must Own Your Career!”* Michael gets it. As a careers scholar, he understands that the workplace is dynamic and there is a lot of change and
“It means persistently monitoring your career situation, asking good questions, and looking out for your next opportunity. It means never, under any circumstances, ceding control over your career to your employer.”
~ Michael B. Arthur
And that’s your challenge. To be actively engaged
“You need to continually monitor your experiences. What is their potential value for future innovation assignments? What about relationships with others in your field of expertise, both within and beyond your current employer? Are you “wired” to hear about future opportunities in that field?”
That can apply to any occupation. Thinking about where your industry is going, what will the changes be, and what are the future opportunities going to look like for you.
Arthur does highlight some issues that you should be aware of:
It was Tom Peters way back in 1997 who first talked about the need for personal career branding with his now famous quote:
“Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in, all of us need to understand the importance of branding. We are CEOs of our own companies: Me, Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You.”
~ Tom Peters
So what does all this mean for you now?
- You cannot afford to sit back and let others or the market determine the course of your career.
- You are the one who should be working out where you want to go and
settingthe course to get there.
- You are the only one who can truly understand who you are and what you want to do.
- Taking ownership of your career means actively thinking about yourself and the job market and taking action that will give you a greater chance of being successful in a way that matters to you.
I want my clients to take ownership of their careers. Which is why I say to them that I am not going to tell them what they should do next. But I also tell them that I am going to:
- Help them understand themselves better.
- Open doors of possibility.
- Give them a range of practical tools and coaching in how to use them effectively.
- Encourage greater levels of confidence to get out there and get what they want.
Ref: What’s Your Next Move? You Must Own Your Career! by Michael B. Arthur Jun 9, 2018
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