Own Your Career
What do you do when you work for someone or an organization that doesn’t nurture your career?
In a perfect world, it would be great if you could all work for someone who was interested in helping you grow your career. Regretfully, we don’t live in a perfect world. So what do you do?
You’ve got to Own Your Career.
One of the critical foundations that I teach as a coach is that you have to be intentional in everything that you do. This includes your career. The ownership lies in you to decide what you want and where you want to take your career. If you are waiting on someone else to sit down with you and develop your career for you-10 years from now, you will still be waiting.
Here are some key strategies to Own Your Career:
1. Have a clear vision:
The best way to predict your future is to create it. Abraham Lincoln
What is the big picture of your career? Where do you see yourself in your career 1, 3, 5, 10 years, etc. from now? When you have a clear picture of your future, it gives your career more direction and helps you channel all of your resources into building a career that aligns with who you are and what you want.
2. Set career goals
Once you a clear vision of what you want your career to look like, then you can break it down into goals. For example, if your idea is to become a personal trainer and open a gym, then the first thing you might need to do is get certified as a personal trainer.
Remember, when setting goals, use SMART: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-bound.
3. Know your strengths and where you need to grow
Knowing your strengths and where you need to develop is instrumental in career development. There may be some knowledge, skills, or abilities you will need in your career progression, and you need to know what they are.
This is a perfect time to conduct a personal SWOT analysis to discover your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Click here to find out how to do your SWOT analysis.
4. Find a mentor
Learning from the experience of a mentor would give you leverage and save you a lot of time and resources. Make an effort to look for a mentor that will support you on your career path. Remember, you have to search for a mentor. Don't expect a mentor to show up on your doorstep.
5. Develop a professional network
You can't achieve your full potential without the support and help of others. Make an effort to connect with people who share a common career path with you. We all need support, guidance, and ideas that can help us in our journey. Building and growing your network will open you to opportunities and possibilities you may never have come across yourself.
6. Hire a coach
There is magic in coaching. Working with a coach will help you get clear on your vision, set your career goals, keep you accountable, and be there to cheer you on in the good times and help support you when it gets complicated.
Don’t wait for someone else to tell you what they think you should do or try. You are responsible for creating the life, the relationships, and the career you want. Don’t give that ownership to anyone else.
Own Your Career!
If you would like help mapping out your career, I would love to help you. Click here set up your FREE call. It could change your life.
Make today amazing because you are amazing!