How to plan your career
Oprettet den: Tuesday, 30. May 2017 - 12:49 / caf
Do you like your job? Then now is the time to think about how to make the next step in your career. Now is the time you have the energy to make the right decisions. It is a good thing sometimes to test your market value on the job market, because you cannot always plan your career – especially in times of high uncertainty and outside factors affecting your job.
”It is all about making yourself capable of making the right decisions, when the time comes and you need to make those critical decisions. Even though you might not be able to plan your career, you need to know what a good job is and how to recognize it. At least once every second year you need to stop up and think hard about the position you are in and if you are in fact capable of seizing the career opportunities, when they arise,” says Morten Esmann.
Caught in the treadmill
In that analysis you need to find out what you are good at and what gives you energy workwise. Morten Esmann’s advice is to make a list over your work tasks. Those you are good at and those you are not that good at. But you also need to look at what motivates you.
”Saying that the tasks you are good at are the only ones you should focus on, is outdated. Because it can feel like being caught in the treadmill if you are casted by yourself and your manager to fill out only one particular role. It can become boring and routine,” says Morten Esmann.
Of course, there are tasks that you cannot perform, and then there are tasks that you can perform but they do not motivate you. And then there are tasks that you are good at and actually motivate you because they have an element of self-development and something exciting.
“With the list you identify what is a good job from your perspective. And then you can act on that. Either you can use your annual performance review to get more of the motivating tasks or start looking for the job or work place that can provide this for you,” says Morten Esmann.
Climbing up, getting freedom or just safety
Even if you like your job it is good for you to think about how the job looks in two years. Many people think that a typical career is about advancing upwards, getting more responsibility and perhaps even a management position. But it does not have to be that way.
”You can also make a horizontal career move and get on with your career through new professional challenges and exiting tasks. Others plan their career in order to get more freedom, autonomy and independence while other people are more concerned with getting safety in their position. Being safe from job cuts or more instable employment statuses,” Morten Esmann explains.
A balanced career
Finally, you have the ones that want to develop their career in order to get in balance with work, family and leisure time.
”It is a huge challenge for many people that the time of their life when they start thinking about career is accidently also the same time as they start a family and buy a house in the outskirts of town. The time where young parents want to be at home with their kids but know that it is bad for their career,” says Morten Esmann.
Many people are feeling the pressure from all sides: Themselves, employers, colleagues, their spouse, the children, day cares and the friends.
”In that situation, you might want to go for a job that can be combined with all the other things you want to do in life. For other people it is about balance in terms of purpose and values – they do not choose their job because they have a specific educational background, but more because they want to be proud of what they do,” Morten Esmann tells.
He also points out that your career happens no matter what – but you choose if it turns out good or bad!