How many of us get into a rut when following our career path? I know I did, and for a long time I was just checking the box and doing all the things that I thought I was supposed to do or what was acceptable relative to societal norms. It was not until I was able to break out of that type of thinking and embrace my own career path as an entrepreneur that fulfillment was able to take place.
Manage Your Career
So, what exactly is career management and why is it important? Career management is the process of taking control of ones professional career path. When done properly, career management helps to ensure long-term success by aligning current actions with future goals. Identifying goals is a key element of this process. The earlier the goals are identified, the easier it becomes to plan for future success. After goals are established, a plan should be put in place to accomplish those goals.
Take Ownership for Long-Term Success
A successful career requires taking ownership of decisions necessary to achieve it. Career management can help answer the question, “Where do I go from here?” Career management is also an ongoing process that requires making adjustments along the way. As life changes, so will your goals and strategies to obtain those goals.Career management is also an ongoing process that requires making adjustments along the way. Click To Tweet
Intentional Career Check-Ups
Adaptability and learning are key factors. One must be able to adapt to career changes to avoid pitfalls along the way. In order to remain prepared and satisfied over time, it is important to establish the habit of an annual career checkup as part of a career management plan.
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Taking ownership of career choices means not relying on others to make those critical career decisions for you. The process also requires active participation. Although organizational career management seeks to help employees reach their individual career goals, the onus is on the employee to drive his or her own development. In the case of an entrepreneur, it is crucial that you get clear about what you want to provide or how you want to serve others and no one else is going to be able to reveal that to you. Ultimately, the key benefits of successful career management are fulfillment, increased productivity and long-term engagement in the path to your legacy.