What is a Career?
Why do you work? Is it the money? Is it something to do to fill the time? Is it because it opens up opportunities to make friends and socialise? Or just maybe, is it because work provides you with the sense of purpose, meaning and self-respect that creates the identity you want to be defined by?
As a Young Professional, there’s every chance that your career defines the very essence of who you are.
How a career is viewed is changing. This is particularly the case for Young Professionals who expect their working lives to be meaningful.
Traditionally, careers were like climbing a ladder where with each new rung you had a new job with a bit more responsibility, and earned a bit more money; you just had to wait patiently for the vacancy to arise.
The modern career is not about where you are on the ladder or a series of jobs or roles within your working life. It’s about the personal meaning you get from the level of expertise you have and the influence and impact you have on the organisation you work for. It’s these that will determine whether you get that promotion or dream job, not waiting in line.
Your career is a long game
Your career is a long game. Short term manoeuvres may be important – but not as important as your long-term strategic thinking. To have a truly outstanding career, you need to be more than a flash in the pan. You need to build for durable, lasting success and that means not burning yourself out in the process. This is what I call Career Resilience – the capacity to apply yourself and create an outstanding career whilst maintaining your health and wellbeing.
Answer these questions:
- Do you want to build a career that leaves you energised and motivated?
- Do you want a career that’s going somewhere?
- Do you want a career that defines who you are?
- Do you want a career where you use your strengths to the full?
- Do you want people to recognise you for the great job you do?
- Are you prepared to take ownership of and responsibility for your own development?
- And finally, but most importantly, do you want to be the best, without crashing and burning in the process?
If your answer is yes, then here are a few tips, or for much more about Career Resilience and the steps you can take to have an outstanding career, order my Amazon bestseller, “How to have an Outstanding Career”. You can also find out more about my Career Mentoring programmes and read my Blog posts.
Top 10 Tips for creating a Resilient Career
- Know your purpose. What do you want from your career and what do you want it to look like?
- Be curious. It’s a rare gift today but a big distinguishing factor and is one of the most powerful way to learn.
- Take the initiative and be proactive. If you don’t someone else will, it’s that competitive out there.
- Embrace change. Do this and you will fly, because people who embrace change show confidence, optimism, open-mindedness, creativity, flexibility and adaptability.
- Look for opportunities for self-growth and development. You can’t rely on your employer for this and you shouldn’t allow yourself to stagnate.
- Ask everyone for feedback. It’s a fantastic way to find out what you don’t know about yourself and how people perceive you.
- Network, network, network. It may be a pain and it takes a lot of effort but it gets you known in the industry and employers love to hire people with connections.
- Be aware of your moods, emotions and feelings. You’re always on show and if you want to be successful you need to have impact…but for the right reasons.
- Have a mentor or coach. Even if you pay for it yourself it will reap immeasurable benefits.
- Stay healthy and recognise your stress triggers and how you react. A healthy mind and body will give you the energy and motivation to grow your career.