We are the creator and the destroyer of our own career
As the economy and our lifestyle are changing our approach to our career are also changing. We are moving away from traditional employment (long-term, full-time) to more contracting, project-based roles. Instead of looking at the per annum salary, we are more interested in the skills we learn, the work we do, the people we meet and the impact on the industry we leave.
The loyalty to the company no longer exists. As is the gone the employment stability. There are no permanent positions. Every job is temporary. Unfortunately, many professionals are still working on outdated assumptions. Today, there are no guarantees when it comes to one job with the company, and hope to get your career advancement. So Instead of being loyal to the companies, we are now more loyal to our careers.
A survey by LinkedIn of over 10,000 job changers shows that more than 53 percent of them made the change for better career opportunities. Even though the money was an important aspect for changing jobs, it still ranked 2nd in the decision-making criteria. It was the job skills that was considered the primary reason for switching jobs.
The people are successful job changers focused on making sure their career moves forward in every step of the job change. Unfortunately, not every professional will succeed as these job changers did. That's because they have one of below career outlooks that hold them back.
4 career outlooks you can't afford to have
These are people who think of every career option as a scary risk. They find flaws and risks to every option. They get comfortable at a job and stay doing that role for a long time. They don't learn or build new skills. They don't take the risk and move up. Such people spend hours, days, weeks, and even years pondering what they should do next, but really never take the risk to do it. What they don't realize is that with time their skills get rusty, the job become obsolete and they find themselves part of a "corporate restructuring".
Single track mind
These are the people who know exactly what he or she wants to do and are not flexible to look at any alternative options. They believe that they have got the perfect master plan, and then they work like crazy to achieve it, often to the point of exhaustion and burnout. They don't realize that they are going against the flow and often comes across as self-minded and not a team player. Over time, their passion works against them. Co-workers and managers see them as too rigid and controlling, which often gets them passed over for promotions.
All-talker, not worker
These people love to talk about their ambitions, careers and their plans they hope to accomplish, but they never take actions or work towards their goals. Such people are full of ideas and sound very convincing that they'll be a huge success. But as time passes by, rather than working towards their aim, you will find them at the same place they were.
They always have an excuse why it can't be achieved or not working out at that moment. And it's mostly someone else's fault than themselves. Eventually, they lose credibility and find people actively try to avoid career conversations with them.
This person, rather than taking control of his/her own destiny leaves it to fate. He/she believe that the fate will guide him or her on the career journey. That they are supposed to keep an open mind wait for the opportunities present themselves. They believe is waiting to unfold what the destiny has rather than working towards making their destiny. In time, they see themselves struggling for options for they did not work towards gaining any skills.
Do you have any of the above attitudes that may or is currently stopping you from growing your career?
If you are thinking that it's not you, than consider this- Studies by CAREEREALISM show that 88 percent of professionals feel unsatisfied with their career success.
The sooner you identify what's holding you back, the sooner you can make changes and take action to eliminate it. And hopefully have a successful and well-paying career.