Monday, July 27, 2009

Career Growth In A Jobless Recovery

In the face of a jobless recovery, those who have intelligently managed their careers will fare considerably better than those who haven't.

The next couple of years will be challenging and life changing for many people. Out-of-work executives are facing a prolonged period of unemployment while those still employed are concerned not only about future layoffs, but also fear being trapped in current jobs with limited, if any, growth potential.

A common thread among many of these executives is the sense that their careers may have plateaued ... that the future doesn't hold as many opportunities as the past. Many describe their situations as fragile and tenuous. Optimism and confidence in career growth is at a low point.

That state of mind is a classic recipe for failure, unhappiness and in its extreme, health problems.

Misconceptions about career growth

Career growth is an ongoing process that needs to be well managed in order to achieve success.

Twists, turns, delays and disruptions will occur. Problems will arise. Unforeseen events always happen. Troubleshooting is necessary. Smart decisions are mandatory.

Unfortunately, many misconstrue the meaning of career growth.

Once you're in the workforce, the perception of career growth inevitably morphs ... it's no longer a process, but a series of events. It's viewed almost exclusively as rewards bestowed upon you by an employer. So if you get a promotion or raise, that's career growth.

That's partially true.

Taking control of your career

It's best to let go of the notion that career growth is solely measured by a promotion, new title or salary uptick. It's a limited ... and limiting perspective.

Look at it a different way ....

"Doing anything to help your career can lead to growth and satisfaction ... doing nothing will result in stagnation and frustration".

That's always true.

According to the experts who make their living studying and analyzing economic conditions, the worst is behind us, but what's ahead is slow going. If you haven't already done so, now is an opportune ... and critical time to exercise control over your career. Even in the ensuing jobless recovery, growth can happen if you have realistic expectations, understand all your options and actively expand your career horizon.

For starters, critically explore these factors:

1. Your definition of personal career growth
2. Your level and scope of self-awareness
3. Your attitude towards workplace events and situations
4. Your tolerance for and willingness to change
5. Your value through the eyes of any employer


Activity in your career growth process may result in some common side effects ... clearer focus, less stress, more opportunities, higher productivity and increased self-reliance.

Those who make a wholehearted commitment run the risk of feeling greater satisfaction in the workplace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a great resource!



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