Hello SOTGC community,
I love the commercials that say “that was so 27 seconds ago,” because they illustrate the pace of change and how much our world has accelerated in the market place. It got me thinking about this rapid acceleration in terms of career and career aspirations!
I recently saw a cartoon with 2 mayflys, where one asks the other where they see themselves in five minutes. The mayfly’s life span is short. They live from a few minutes to a few days, depending on the species, so the perspective in the cartoon is relative.
Yet this cartoon got me thinking … what if you were asked, “Where do you see yourself in five minutes?” How would you answer that question from a career perspective? Whether it’s five minutes, one year, or three to five years, you should be prepared to answer that question.
Why? This is about your career strategy. Do you have one? If not, here are three steps for building your career strategy:
Reflect on your strengths and values. Both are a winning combination. Your values are your foundation. They determine your fit in an organization. Self-motivation is born from your values because what is important to you will drive your success. Your strengths are what you excel at in this current job or previous roles. Make a list of what your strengths are. Not sure? Ask others you work with to provide perspective of what you do well.
Develop your expertise. Once you understand what your strengths and values are, you can start to build a depth of expertise. Your strengths and values are your foundation, like building a house. Now you add the framework by building your expertise. As you identify future roles or opportunities you’d like to have, do your homework to understand the knowledge, skills, and acumen required to obtain them. Close those gaps by building your expertise.
Build your community of support. Your career strategy should include those who can help you move your career forward. They are the mentors, sponsors, bosses, and colleagues who are successfully on the path ahead of you. (You get to define success)! Learn from them the best practices for realizing your strategy. Don’t forget family members and friends who can also support you to be the best you can be.
What have I missed? What will you add to the list above? Where do you see yourself in five minutes? Tweet me with your answer at: https://twitter.com/findyouraim.
Here’s to your success!