Take Charge of Your Career
People who set and finish career goals tend to get more done and often earn more money than people who don't set goals.
Some people used to rely on their boss or company to give them chances to advance. Now it is up to you. If you don't make it happen for you, no one else will. In today's world of work, you need to take charge of your own career.
Good Reasons to Take Charge of Your Career
- You Relate to Others as Equals. There is more of a "team" mindset in the workplace. Supervisors' roles have changed from "parent" to "coach." You decide how long you want to stay in one position. You also know that an employer can ask you to leave at any time if they don't like your work.
- You Are Happier at Work. You can choose work that you find interesting. Since fewer jobs offer real security, why not do what you love?
- You Keep Growing. To keep growing and moving up, you need to expand your skills. You need to build relationships with coworkers and others in your field. You must be flexible and able to adapt to changes in your work. You must be able to transfer your skills to different types of work.
- You Know Who You Are. You get to choose the skills and experience you want to have. You can tell your story by talking about what you can do. For example, you don't have to say "I work for XYZ Company." You can say "I am good with my hands and I have excellent skills from four years of painting houses."