Life is a continuous process that involves many seasons (things, positions, developments and circumstances). We are continually transiting from old to new. The new season could be new year, new goals and resolutions, new dreams, new location, or maybe it’s a case of new job or career. As we come into fresh periods, what is the essence of having a career strategy?
For those of us in Information Technology (IT), there could be changes from networking to web development, from manufacturing to entrepreneurship, from programming to project management, etc? Society is always advancing, ever on the march. However, do new beginnings necessarily result in growth?
Is new pushing our interests forward? What are the fundamental issues to be addressed in this new phase as you develop your career? New certainly cannot be for the sake of new. Satisfied with a status quo of meaningless promises and resolutions? Simply going along with the flow? How many who make half-hearted pledges truly achieve them?
Get past the Rituals
Slogans for each new season will not take away the realities – opportunities, challenges and obstacles. There is no inherent magic in the new. Rituals are certainly not in our interests. It takes conscious efforts to pull ourselves out of the routine loop of tradition – realizing our potentials in a particular field requires a desire for continuous improvement and brighter dreams – a readiness to rise above and discard the comforts of the usual and the familiar. New seasons are opportunities – why waste them? It’s an opportunity to get better, rebuild, reorganize, and change. Career development is not just about here and now. Deliberately use the new to signpost and create the future.
Strategy is about direction
Starting off the new year, a new job, new training, new business, etc? And what are your decisions relating to the new based on? The results you get depend on the WHY and what you make of your fresh experience. But before you make that career move what is your action plan? Where are you career wise – beginner, manager, professional, authority, etc – and how do you want to improve?
Plan and be strategic, so that your actions can have meaning. You must prepare if you want to make progress happen. Otherwise how will the new season be meaningful and fulfilling? By coasting along and expecting everything to fall in place? Don’t make me laugh. Or have pigs started flying? Without a well thought out, proactive strategy on how we will make impact, how can we improve our chances of moving forward from where we are right now? Hoping for the best often results in the worst. The proactive approach is essential for career growth.
New should never be for the sake of new. It’s about getting better, standing out, staying ahead, being more successful and being a better contributor (go-getting and go-giving).
HAVE YOUR SAY: How important is a career strategy in a new season? What are the issues and concerns? Please share your comments, thoughts and opinions.
Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting