You are the CEO of your own career. So says Liz Ryan, founder of The Human Workplace. And we think she is right. Going to work each day is a good way to pay your bills. But just showing up from nine to five, or six, or seven does not constitute managing your career.
Why would it be important to manage your career like a CEO? The world of work is really changing. We have spoken extensively about the impending Fourth Industrial Revolution and implications on work as we know it, both in our blogs and during our 2016 IPM Annual Convention and Exhibition. Taking charge of your own career is an essential responsibility that we all need to assume.
‘You are going to have to sell your talents and experiences on the job market at some point in the future, so every job you hold must give you something new to sell.’ – Liz Ryan
In this 2-part blog we bring you 15 challenges for taking your career to new heights in 2017. Here they are:
- Start by reflecting on your career to date. What have you really enjoyed? What have you avoided? Why? Make a note of your insights. What do you want to do more of? Less of?
- Get clarity on the career you really desire. You need this to set your direction of travel. Unsure about what your dream career could be? Forbes lists questions to think about here.
- Narrow down your focus. If you have what The Muse calls too many passions already, and don’t know what to follow, use these 5 pointers to narrow down your focus.
- Formulate a plan. How many of us have some semblance of a career plan? If you don’t, someone else will generate one for you. And you may end up saying things like “things didn’t turn out as I expected.” Consult these 8 steps of guidance for making a career plan from MIT Global Education and Career Development.
- Get a mentor. As the professional body devoted to the management and development of people at work, we strongly advocate mentorship. We have a mentorship programme where we match mentees with mentors. If you would like to get involved, contact us.
- Stretch yourself. Take on that project that nudges your comfort zone. This offers learning and exposure to new networks. You will also get recognised for your can-do approach, an essential differentiator.
- And that brings us to the last challenge in Part 1 of this blog – Show up well. Your personal brand is important. What is your personal brand? What impression do people take away about you when they meet you? Spend some time thinking about and answering this question. In the age of digital, you should also be taking the same approach with your online presence. Craft the messages you want.
For tips on polishing up your Linkedin profile, see our blogs on this subject: Leveraging LinkedIn.
In Part 2 we’ll deliver another set of challenges. Until then …