Where are you?

“I have a job; I have no need for the rest of the newspaper”.  This was a statement made to me by someone who bought a Sunday paper and immediately threw out everything but the sports page.  That was the only thing that was important to him.

My initial question was why are you throwing away your paper.

I thought of that exchange this past weekend with all the flurry of discussion of the Super Bowl.  I worked in the office of a gentleman years ago who would not come to work if his football team lost.  He said that he had to recuperate from the lost.

Sports is not the end all

Gradually over the years I have basically lost interest in sports.  If I watch, it is only as background and I am doing something else that I deem more important.

I thought about all this on this past Sunday.  My career is very important to me and I try and get everyone that I come in contact with to view it as one of the foundations of their lives.

If it were possible for the sports fans to devote say one or two hours per week at a minimum to their career mobility or lack thereof, they could show tremendous upside.  And this is not only for the sports fan but the TV watchers as well.

Just because you have a job, you should never stop thinking about your career.  You should always be fixated on developing your career.  If you are between jobs, you should understand the importance of trying to get your career back on track.

Where are you?

 Even if you “intend” to (or actually do) stay at one job your entire work life, you will deal with transitions in your job responsibilities and job security.  You still have to keep up to date with changes in your profession, and benefit from continued examining just where you are.

 It is always important to continually evaluate your career goals.

Periodically evaluating your career helps you to assess the progress you’ve made and plan your next move. Are you where you want to be in your professional life? Is it time for a new job or should you stay put and invest your energy in learning new skills at your current job? Though everyone evaluates their careers differently, here are some helpful questions to ask yourself before you choose to look for a new job or begin to explore other careers.

 

Now

  • Do you like your current career? Are you satisfied in your present job? Remember, this is 2 different questions
  • Do you like the company you work for now?
  • Do you have a bright future in your current role?
  • What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the job you have now?
  • Are you a member of any professional associations or do you participate in any career-related activities outside your job (volunteering, mentoring, training, etc.)?

In the Future

  • Are there other careers you have a strong interest in exploring?
  • Are there other companies you’d like to work for?
  • Are there other jobs or departments in your current company that interest you?
  • What skills and knowledge would you like to use more often? What skills and knowledge would you like to learn?
  • What other types of work might be more satisfying than what you do now?
  • What professional goals do you hope to accomplish in the next two years? Five years?

Looking Back

 

  • Of all your past jobs, what have you liked most?
  • Of all your past companies, what are the most and least appealing aspects of the companies?
  • Why did your leave
  • What have you been singled out for in past jobs?

Manage Your Career throughout your life

If you look at this process and make it an exercise where you sit down and capture your thoughts on paper, you should be able to get a clear picture of your career.  Using this type of analysis over time will enable you to soar above all the rest of the folks who are distracted.

Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience & invest them in the future ~ Jim Rohn

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