How to Take Charge of Your Career (Part 2 of 3)

20 Apr
I-CareerSearch Career Planning

No one plans to fail, they fail to plan.

Part 2 of 3.

In part one, this article opened the discussion, and gave some background information on the importance of taking control of your career.  Today, we’ll continue by providing strategic tips you can implement today to keep your career on track.

1.  Plan on staying in each position no more than three years.

Top performers and career-oriented professionals know they must continue to grow professionally, if they want to attain financial and personal growth.  Individuals who are not willing to apply for the next level position at their current company within this time frame, fail to effectively manage their career.  If you work for an organization that will not support your goals of moving up, find out why.  If their reason is not tied to either the lack of education or your personal performance, it’s time to find a new company who will work cooperatively with your career goals.

2.  Have a strategic career plan in place, and stick to it.

You may choose to work with a career counselor or agent, to accomplish this task, or you may choose to go it alone.  Set your short-term and long-term goals, research your field and industry, and create a time-line to meet each objective.  Whether you are just entering the workforce, or are a C-level executive, a career plan is the resource that facilitates personal accountability.

In the tomorrow’s segment, you’ll discover additional tips that will help you obtain your career goals.


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