How To Take Ownership Of Your Career
For those new to my blog, welcome. You're going to hear me speak a lot about owning your career. This is vital in your success.
For those who've been following me for some time now, here I go again.... talking about taking ownership of your 'stuff'. YES. And I will continue doing so. In my coaching practice, my clients know coming in that our sessions will not be based on the blame game and reliving or rehashing the old story. We're about starting where you are and being deliberate and intentional with your direction.
So, regardless of where you are in your career, you own it. You own your career path and it's direction.
Are you going from job to job lacking direction? Do you feel like you're not 'given' opportunities?
Take stock on where you are. Are you where you want to be? Do you feel in control of where you're going? If not, let's dive in...
Here's how you give your power away:
Not being intentional and not working towards your goal(s)
Not setting boundaries
Not knowing what you want
Not knowing your own value
Here's how to take ownership of your career:
1. Become a top performer (with competence & confidence)
Wherever you want to be in life, you have to know your 'stuff'. Have confidence in your competence and be bold about it.
2. Define your long term goal
Successful professionals know that defining a long term goal will help them to keep their momentum and motivation in check. What are you working towards? Keep it in the forefront of your mind. Quick and easy goals can get you to an ultimate goal but you have to first define what that is for you.
3. Manage up
What does your manager need from you? How do they need you to help solve problems? Where can you plug in to provide solutions? Set expectations with your manager. This goes both ways: what do they expect from you and what do you expect from them? Stay one step ahead.
4. Build your skills
You're responsible for the skills you do or do not have. You're also responsible for the experience you do or do not have. Get creative in building skills. Use the resources available to you in your organization to gain the skills you need. Sometimes it's just as simple as shadowing someone who has the responsibilities you want. OR it's as simple as a negotiation with your manager on advance level courses and development.
5. Be open and okay with things sometimes not being a straight path to your goal(s)
They say that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. However, that doesn't always hold true for your career. I'm not saying that you have to take or accept detours that derail you for years. I'm stating that you should be open to the less obvious routes to get you to where you want to go.
6. Own & control your branding
Your brand. That's not what you think about yourself, it's what others think about when they think or talk about you. What are other people saying? I know, I know... you've been told not to care what others think of you. Well, here's the deal. You should. To an extent. YOu can control the narrative of who you are just in the way you show up and present yourself. What does brand <insert your name> evoke when people think of her or speak of her?
Remember, no one is responsible for your growth other than you. No one is responsible for your career, other than you. Control what's in your control with the steps I've shared with you here.