If your new year’s resolution is about a career dream or change, the blogs appearing the next three weeks in January will give you a template which can help you make your hopes come true.
How can you be ready at your next career crossroads?
Management guru Peter Drucker said successful careers develop when “people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values” (see the April 3, 2013, daily tip).
I would add that successful people have successful careers because they occasionally (e.g., in January) take time to look ahead and sketch out a map of future job and career possibilities. So start paying attention to your career by asking yourself these 5 questions.
- Which area of the business in your professional world would you like to be in or to run?
- What level and title of positions in those areas interest you most? Why?
- What new skills will you need to move into that role?
- What current responsibilities and tasks can another person in your company (or member of your team) take over, freeing you up to develop the new skills or gain new experiences?
- Where do you need to build and expand visibility and credibility within and outside your organization?
Looking ahead allows you to develop a vision of your future, gain clarity around the bigger goals needed to move you forward and define what you want success to be in your personal and professional life.