We can’t go a day without posting on Facebook. Twitter is omnipresent. Going an hour without looking at our phone? Forget it. Despite our current digestion of digital input, however, most of us were essentially raised on TV.
It’s interesting to think about what our favorite shows say about us — what captures our attention; our likes and dislikes. You might even notice that your favorite shows are steering you toward a career that complements your interests and passions…
The idea of a “five year plan” is seductive. It seems so responsible, so Type A, so expensive-suit-with-coordinating-footwear. People with five year plans sound like go-getters.
Except the truth is, five year plans are full of it.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t have career goals, or to make you feel powerless—because it couldn’t be further from the truth. What I’m saying is that five year plans are too limiting.
You already may be familiar with the concept of return on investment (ROI) in a business context. When evaluating a project, initiative or expense, leaders want to know what costs to expect compared to the benefits anticipated over time. This is the ROI.
But have you heard this same concept applied to your career… your “career ROI”?
Some people follow a straight, smooth career path from graduation to retirement. Most of us, however, don’t take this route. We follow a path where it’s not always clear which way to go.
Like me, and despite what you’ve been told, you don’t need to know exactly what you want to be when you grow up. As you explore your path, however, here are five things you do not want to be…
According to Kelley Blue Book, that’s how much original value your car retains after five years.
Hurts, doesn’t it?
Just like cars, we all have a certain value at our jobs. Unlike cars, our price doesn’t have to go down. In fact, if we manage our careers right, our value can increase year after year.
Here are five ways to maximize your worth as time goes by.
The Millennial generation? Maybe we should be called the “Master’s” generation.
A story by Nick Anderson in The Washington Post describes how young professionals are funneling into colleges and universities at a record pace for advanced diplomas. In the report, Anderson says that from 2000 to 2012, the number of master’s degrees rose 63 percent.
“A plain ol’ bachelor’s won’t cut it anymore,” the theory goes…