As a highly talented professional person you know that you have the potential to go far in your career. Despite having real potential, many professional people fail to fulfil their potential.
It is really easy to fall into the trap of being passive when it comes to your career. You might have the view that if you do a good job you will get noticed and earmarked for promotion.
Perhaps you think that your boss or manager will go out of there way to help you to get on in your career.
Maybe you think that it all comes down to luck when it comes to your career. You know being in the right place at the right time. Of course you need an element of luck but relying totally on luck or someone else to help to achieve your career goals is a risky strategy.
It’s key that you take control of your career if you want to maximise the chances of you achieving what you are capable of achieving.
In practical terms taking control of your career, includes:
Deciding what you want. While you always need to have some degree of flexibility, the clearer you can be about what you want from your career the better. It is much easier to make decisions and target your efforts if you know what fits and what does not fit your needs.
Making a plan. There is a saying that what got you here won’t get you there. In other words you need to have a plan to get from where you are to where you want to get to. Part of creating that plan is research and finding out what is needed in different roles.
Breaking the plan down. Career success is not achieved overnight. It really is a long term thing. Try breaking down your plan into milestones and then set out what you are going to do to achieve those milestones.
Finding the right support. Yes you need to do most of the work and having someone to support you along the way, keeps you focused and on track. It is also an invaluable sounding board.
In reality the more you take control of your career, the more likely you are to achieve more success.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and other professionals to achieve more career success. Learn more here.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.