Whether you are first beginning your career or a seasoned executive, sometimes you are the captain of your career and sometimes you wind up growing organically within roles that were without your real choice. So you can wind up being involved in account management but you are thinking about moving over to some other role or you have a back office job and you really want to be a front office person. Do you know how to make that transition?
I can speak a little bit about back office vs front office. If you are serving other parts of your own company then you have internal clients, which is great and can be quantified in terms of career growth in that you can do things faster and / or cheaper, therefore saving your company money. However, it is a non-tangible asset, so to speak compared to the person who deals with external clients and who has an impact on the real bottom line by controlling a pipeline of some sort of revenues to your firm. This is how you wind your way up to corporate and potentially c-suite type jobs. Not everyone wants this path but sometimes you want to do more and /or build your career to the most lucrative that you can.
At times, when you find your jobs, you wind up moving with the current. The company needed an X person and you were hired as said X person. But are you happy doing that X role? Did you always dream about doing something else? How do you get to that something else? How do you differentiate yourself from the role that maybe has become too synonymous for you - sometimes being so good at your X job keeps you stuck in X job - but also maybe gives you job security so you have to weigh the good with the bad.
If you have time this holiday weekend, particularly as it is the weekend of making promises to ourselves, think about what you truly want your career to be like in 2016 and beyond.
Do you have a short term plan? Do you have a long term plan? Do you know how to make either of those plans? Are you currently unemployed (if yes, check out my insights on how to find your next step when unemployed http://www.thenextstep1234.com/blog/career-plans-while-unemployed). If you are employed and unsure of what your next step should be, check out my advice on that here: http://www.thenextstep1234.com/blog/planning-the-next-step
Think about over the New Year’s weekend the following:
Then think about finding a coach or some other resource (such as me) to help you execute on your plan. I will be onsite in early 2016 at Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning with seminars on how to take your next step and also training on project management as a career path (see link below). These are two excellent steps for you to consider taking to get to your perfect next step. Have a happy and healthy new year and Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen