What is the key to my career path?” you may wonder…well, keeping your career options open is the key! Surprised eh? Well most workers don’t know what type of jobs they should look for, or even those who are working have no clue about which direction their careers are heading. A few years or even decades ago, career paths were determined by managers. but now, it’s something you have to design for yourself!
In an environment where the economy is drowning and people are losing their jobs, how can someone turn towards employment or believe in moving higher up the ladder from his current position to a management role and then maybe to a much larger company and eventually to a position at an industry level? Any “happening” and “job savvy” individual has to realize that creating and following a career path has changed from the times when it was a planned hike on a hiking track. It’s now a marathon plunging into the wilderness with everything except a compass on hand.
Just because you take control of your own career path doesn’t mean that you will positively get a job or that your job will be ABSOLUTELY perfect. All said and done, the risks still persists. However, being in charge of your career path means that you can plan escape routes from any dead ends that may come up in the future. Take decisions about a job, keeping in mind the potential options it will create. To keep options open, you should be marketable, ALWAYS! You can’t sit back and relax and HOPE to update your resume AFTER you land that fantastic job. Also learn to accept that perfection, as far as jobs are concerned, may just not exist.
Often many employees are unsure about what they actually want. Keeping your Options Open:your career path to careers which interest you will help you to apply the knowledge that you already have. By going for jobs which interest you will help use your expertise and you will learn plenty of new things in the process. Also, you will get nearer to your goal, although you may not be sure what it is. Anyway, at the end of the day, you will be in a learning process which is positively going to be fun!
Keep your options open to mid-career education and even re-training, both of which are now very popular. They could easily lead to a major CROSS ROAD in your career. Mid-career education can give you a whole new set of employment options as you finish off a new degree or a masters, or even a doctorate!
Another good way to keep your options open AND play safe is to save plenty of money before the tide. This will ease the stress if you want to change your career or is forced into doing so. Financial freedom at an early stage in your life can help you explore plenty of job opportunities until you find the right one.