Manage your career closely resembles the process of managing your own business: there are objectives, goals, strategies, evaluations and measurements. When you do not encargas to take an active role in your career, you may find you lost without knowing where you’re going.
All well-managed career includes a set of goals and objectives, short, medium, and long term. You may only short term you focus on goals set by the company (annual sales, spending cuts, etc.). For short- and medium term, are you in charge of creating those goals. Examples of these goals: go up two steps in my company over the next 5 years or I will become the director of my department before 7 years. Since no work is life, goals medium and long term should link more to your personal performance rather than the company.
Every so often, semiannually or annually, you must stop a moment to assess your goals.
SWOT analysis (weaknesses, threats, strengths, opportunities), you get essential information in this management process. The internal characteristics (strengths, weaknesses) will help you understand if you have what it takes to succeed in your career. In many industries, technologies and processes make your skills become obsolete. As for the external (opportunities, threats) studies what happens around you to position yourself in a more optimal way towards your professional future.
All management process requires continuous measurements. Keep a journal to include your most important activities in the professional field: create a portfolio that will help you in the evaluation at the end of the period. In many jobs, supervisors provide an annual evaluation. Add this information to your own assessment.
As mentioned above, many industries evolve at breakneck speeds, either by structural, technological or regulatory changes. Often, you will find that your skills are not similar to the requirements found in your industry. In that case, you must find a way to upgrade, either through specific courses offered by a university or studying on your own. The important thing is to stay current in the industry.
In some cases, we make the mistake of trusting that our work will not abandon us, ignoring our circle of professional contacts. Then fired a result, and you intend to go to that circle in the hope of finding your next job. Do not make the mistake of leaving your circle, since almost all have successful careers go through an active professional circle.
To get a better idea of where you are and where you want to go in your career, uses visual elements, such as Monster.com map. With a map so you’ll have a clearer view of the steps you need to follow to get your career goals.
The comparisons are hateful
If they are odious, but sometimes necessary in any evaluation process. Study some of the most successful people in your field. What makes it different? Have they been updated more than you? Uses the results of those comparisons to learn about what you should improve, not to get frustrated for not having reached that point yet.
What rating would you give?
Dare to use mathematics in your evaluation process. Based on the specific objectives that you have marked, thoroughly analyze what you’ve accomplished. What score would you give yourself now? What should you do to improve that score? When you to rate a, enlists the help of your closest people in the professional field to analyze yourself more objectively.
First of all, takes an active role in your career and do not let abandoned. Do not wake up in 20 years lost in a maze, not knowing what really happened with your career. What are your goals and what tools you use to evaluate your career? Share your opinion with our readers. Luck.
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