Set your sights high for 2017, Part 2
Are you the CEO of your own career? In Part 1 of this blog we brought you 7 challenges to consider for taking your career to new heights in 2017.
Here are the remaining 8:
- On a career path but not sure it’s the right one? Why not ask your manager for their input? This might seem an unusual move however they might have insights that expand your thinking. Learn more about the benefits of this type of move in this article from Forbes.
- Think about the pain points that you solve for your employers. We mentioned in Part 1 how we need to take control of our own futures, and included a quote from Liz Ryan emphasizing that you are ‘going to have to sell your talents and experiences on the job market at some point in the future’. Get clear on what each new role offers in terms of building skills that solve real pain points.
- Take some risks. You can’t be in the driver seat and the passenger seat at the same time. If you want to be in the former, taking some measure of risk will be required.
- Do homework on yourself. What can assist with deepening my understanding of self? Read this article with sample questions from the book “Hard questions for an authentic life” by Susan Piver. The questions lead you through a process of increasing understanding that clarifies the path to a more deeply-felt life.
- Get out there, do something good. Volunteer. The research shows there are distinct benefits from volunteering that help you succeed professionally. Here’s our blog that spells this out in more detail.
- Look at your next role and consider this – what are the most important things? Experience of managing people, increasing budget management acumen, or perhaps exposure to new networks or mentors? Decide what matters most right now and try to be flexible around the rest.
- Start living your plan. The only way to direct your career and your personal achievements, (however you define success), is to make conscious choices with the opportunities that present themselves. Learn to balance saying ‘yes’ with activities that are congruent with what is important to you and your direction of travel.
Are you ready to be the CEO of your career? Share your insights with us, and any other tips you have. We would love to hear from you.