Few career paths are linear, and smooth sailing comes only between waves. Career resilience allows you to navigate the inevitable bumps, twists, and turns along your path to professional success. And twists and bumps don’t necessarily mean you’re on the wrong path. Rather, they can serve as an opportunity to reflect, re-evaluate and, possibly, recalibrate. Learning to bounce back from a career-related misstep or an unexpected shift is vital to achieving your career goals.
Let’s face it, when making their career plans no one could have foreseen our current world situation. For most, those plans have been put on hold for a while. The need to safeguard our health, the health of our loved ones, and that of the most vulnerable in our society has superseded virtually all other concerns. But as we concentrate our efforts on social distancing by working from home, often in a reduced capacity, we can still maintain a healthy career path.
So, what do you want to be when you grow up? You heard that question all through childhood. It became a serious question in high school. Yet the answer to that seemingly simple question is not always clear, even when we reach adulthood. Many factors influence our career path, including our natural strengths and talents, our hopes and dreams for the future, and unexpected opportunities that arise along the way — or not. It can be difficult to distinguish outer pressure to succeed from inner ambition. Even if you are firmly established in your profession, you still might wonder if you’re on the right career path or if there is something more you could be doing with your life.
Preparing for a career takes a lot of time, energy, and money. And while it is true that many people will embark on several career journeys in their lifetime, that’s not really the goal from the beginning. You put in all that effort, after all. Shouldn’t you be confident that the career choices you make are right for you? Fortunately, most careers fall into a few basic career types and by answering a few simple questions you can determine what career best suits your personality.
When you’re really lucky, you genuinely love your job. You wake up every day excited to slip on that business casual and hang out with your office besties. Any opportunity you’re given to tackle an important project or make a big presentation feels like a treat, and you have a long-term plan for yourself in your current industry… or maybe even at your current organization. Unfortunately, most of us haven’t hit that job jackpot yet. According to a new study from LinkedIn, nearly a quarter of employees feel like they’re in a career rut and almost half those surveyed between the ages of 35 and 44 have no clear idea of their career paths, putting them at risk of “sleepwalking” through their work life.
Work doesn’t necessarily have to feel like work, especially if you’re involved in something that you enjoy doing for a living. Your career choice is a major decision that will inevitably impact the direction of your life in a positive or negative way.
It all depends on you choosing a job that fits your needs and interests…