These days, most organizations provide formalized processes to ensure you are continually developing your career and building a career path that suits you, but ultimately, a question you might ask: who is responsible for your career?
The Answer: YOU!
There can be some confusion over who is responsible for your career. Some people think the employee, others think your employer, and some people don’t plan their career at all! These days, it is imperative that as an employee you take responsibility for driving your own career goals and path. It’s no longer the responsibility of your Manager to always have to ask, “what do you want to next”? This means you need to take ownership in driving your career advancement. You should work together with your Manager to develop your goals and set out a draft career path, they will be there to help you achieve those goals and guide you along the way. Your Manager will be there to help you get to where you want to be, but ultimately, you are the one that will drive it forward!
Take some time to really think about what this means.
Define your career aspirations. What is it that you really want to do? How will you achieve this if you don’t know what that is? You don’t have to have all the answers right away, just start with a though about where you want to be in your career in three, five or 10 years’ times. Then, set some goals. These goals are so important, they help you flush out what it is that you want to accomplish and really give you some direction for your career. They ensure that you are heading in the right direction and help you achieve your aspirations quickly and efficiently.
Once you have those goals, start on your plan.
This is a great way to you visualize what your career will look like. Take your goals, talk with your Manager and create a plan that is realistic and achievable. Your Manager should take an interest in your goals, so engage them and ask them for feedback. Talk with them about how they can assist you with hitting your goals and keeping on plan.
It is important to meet regularly with your manager and to share your progress.
Meeting with your manager is a great opportunity to discuss whether you are on the right track; ask them for insight into what else you could be doing to help achieve your goals and what they can do to contribute? Managers can be a great source of feedback and guidance.
There is a lot of confusion about who owns your career, with lots of differing views. At the end of the day, the owner of your career is you, it’s your career! Achieving your career goals and ensuring you stay on your career path takes a lot of careful . There are a lot of people who have vested interest in your career and how you progress, so use them to help guide you. However, it does come down to you in the end, so get in that driver’s seat and set your sights on what you really want!