There are people, who prefer looking for a job than the possibility of managing their own career. They usually explain the reasons for their choices with the need to start making some money as fast as they can. According to these people building a career means that you “got lucky”. I agree that we need some money in order to pay the bills, pay taxes, and buy some food. However, it is better to look in perspective.It is more than clear that in these cases the motivation to find a job is bigger than the motivation to make a career. Of course, there are some people, who choose their professional life strategically, because they take their career as their own way of professional or personal development. Which, on the other hand, makes finding a suitable job just one of the ways to build a career.
- A role in the performance of some work tasks. If you are becoming better in your daily tasks and you realize that this brings you pleasure, then you obviously have a career-oriented behavior.
- A role in your attitude towards your job. If you find that there is a certain “synchrony” between you and your job, this is a guarantee that your job can become a career.
- A role in the area of competence. If you are trying to develop your competence progressively, this will help you to adapt more and more to your job, which will sooner or later lead yo building your career.
- A role in the area of future expectations. If you take yourself as a person, who is perfectly suitable for the job; if you think of develop your skills in a certain direction; if you identify yourself your your career development and prospects, then you are perfectly capable of building a career out of your job.
What do experts say about career management?
According to most career experts, every person manages their career, deliberately investing a variety of resources during their entire life in order to achieve a pre-planned career goals. The key aspects of this process according to career experts are “lifelong investment” and “creating and maintaining relationships”.
No matter how you are going to call the “lifelong investment” – a strategy, a way of thinking or a career philosophy – it is all the same. In this aspect of your career development it comes to your readiness and motivation for actions, as well as to your readiness to invest certain resources in your own skills, knowledge and improvement of these skills and abilities, thanks to which you can develop a career-oriented behaviour.
As to the other key aspect – “creating and maintaining relationships” – career experts recommend developing a variety of social skills (for example, communication skills, skills of understanding other people’s behaviour, leadership and negotiation skills) that can really help you work with your colleagues, customers, and partners and also find a balance between your personal and professional life. The aspect of “creating and maintaining relationships” plays an important part when it comes to career management.
Tips about career management
- organizing your activities and career development;
- personal leadership activities;
- personal control over career development.
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