When you were a child, I’ll bet you were asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Have you figured it out yet?
So many people “fall” into their careers completely by accident, not really knowing if this is what they want to do with their lives.
You need to figure out what you want to do, or someone else will figure it out for you. Or worse, 10 years will go by and you’ll wonder why you are still in the same job. You are responsible for your own career and your own career path. You create the map to your future or else you end up stalled or driving in circles.
Figuring it out…..
If you are in a job that you LOVE – fantastic! For those of you who yearn for something more, here are some things to consider.
If a number of positions interest you, there are ways to figure out if any of these jobs are really what you want to do:
- Interview the person currently in the different roles and really ask each person about what they do on a daily basis, what they love about the job, what they hate about the job, their educational background, any special courses they had taken, professional associations to which they belong, jobs they have held previously, etc.
- Go on a “work with”; this is very common for sales people to have someone from head office to ride along with them for a day, go into the sales call with them, and employ direct observation. In between calls you can use this opportunity to interview them as well.
- Attend a training session or product presentation where the person in the target role is presenting.
- Ask to do a special project in that department.
- Ask to do a 6 month job rotation in that department.
If you are looking to change fields, you may want to consider:
- Joining a networking group that has a number of professions represented.
- Joining a professional association.
- Joining a task force or special project team that would give you exposure to different fields of work.
There are a number of resources available to help you in your career progression – your manager, your in-house Human Resources department, your company Employee Assistance Program or an external career coach. If you would like a FREE introductory career coaching session, please contact us at [email protected].
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