By Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans
To resuscitate your career, own it! This attitude is key. Take steps now to plan, build, and strengthen it. Here’s how:
Examine your interests, values and work skills. What do you love to do? Ask yourself:
The things you do well, value highly, and like doing give you a basic map for planning your career. Ask others:
Seek out your critics. Listen to them. Get clear about your missing skills and those skills you overdo.
Know your options
Look around your organization for trends, learning opportunities, and career options. You may be surprised to find projects, task forces, and jobs that will support your goals.
Not every step in a career has to be a step up. There are other options inside the organization to consider. Talk to your boss to learn about these possibilities:
Imagine at least one move you could make in each of the above directions.
Know how to take action
Use this information to develop your plan. Be ready to answer these questions:
A clear plan of action turns goals into realities if you:
Owning Your Career is doable if you look at yourself, look around and look ahead. You’re in charge of your career. You manage it within your company, within this economy and with the resources that you have.
This blog post was written for getAbstract by Beverly Kaye and adapted from Love It Don’t Leave It: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work Beverly Kaye and Sharon Jordan-Evans. All rights reserved.
As an author, co-author, and editor, Dr. Kaye is a leading industry thought leader and innovator. Her titles include the international bestselling books, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, Love It, Don’t Leave It, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, and Up Is Not the Only Way: A Guide to Developing Workforce Talent.