You own your career. Nobody else owns it. Not your manager, not your husband, not your coworker, not your parent. You own your path to success.
Career is one of the top topics I write about on this blog. I want financial independence but I need cash to get there. My career is how I generate income and fund my expenses. My husband contributes to this pot and we build our net worth growth together.
When I joined my company, I was so excited. I was just starting out and I really did not know what I wanted to do in the next couple of years. I mentally gave myself a deadline of two years. No, it was not in writing, but in my head, I set up a timeline on how long it was going to take me to judge the company, industry, profession, etc.
I have been progressing and maturing in my current role, but I know as soon as I get the promotion I’m working towards, there will be no further growth left. So why am I even working towards a promotion on my team? I think it will give me credibility that I have shown results and seen a benefit.
I finally called up a trusted outside mentor and asked him for guidance on my next move. This move will not come tomorrow. But I want to be ready for when I make the move in 1 to 1.5 years from now. We’re going to meet in a couple of weeks and talk about what I want and how I get there.
I’m hopeful. I understand there will be no further growth within my company, so it’s hard for me to remain motivated and positive. I don’t want to do everything for my company. At this point it’s a paycheck and a means to an end. A promotion will be sweet, but I don’t feel the passion I typically feel.
How do you determine your next career move?
- Evaluate your progress in your current role? Is their growth opportunity?
- Where do you see yourself in 2, 3, 4 years? Do you see yourself in your current role?
- Identify the role you want to move into. Where do you think you can grow the most and utilize your talent?
- Establish steps to get to get there. Network with people in the roles you want. Start reviewing your resume and figure out how to make it stand out.
- What else do you need on your resume to make it stand out to the hiring manager?
- Train yourself for the questions you will be asked.
- Network to meet people in the role, industry, or company you want to land at.
Remember, talent is not enough. You have to work hard, be talented, and network to get to the next step.
Do you have advice for someone who wants to grow their career? Please give your input in the comments section.