Own Your Career
**This blog post will be useful whether you are looking to grow in your current job or looking for a completely new career.**
What do you do when you work for someone or an organization that doesn’t nurture your career?
It would be fantastic to work for someone interested in helping you grow your career in a perfect world. Regretfully, we don't live in an ideal 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. You have to be intentional with your career as well. 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 critical strategies to Own Your Career:
1. Have a clear vision
What is the big picture of your career? Where do you see yourself in your career 1, 3, 5, 10 years, etc.? When you have a clear vision 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 have a clear vision of what you want your career to look like, 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.
Now 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 a mentor's experience 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 your life, relationships, and the career you want. Don’t give that ownership to anyone else.
Own Your Career!
Make today amazing because you are amazing!