What’s Your Path to Career Success?

January 30, 2013 by Linda Hardenstein

“But, I never really wanted to do this!” Cynthia exclaimed when I asked her how she ended up in her management Map+Pin.jpgposition. A hard worker, she was identified early on by others in her company as someone with potential.  She never really had to ask for a promotion because people always asked her to apply for a position or when new units sprang up, she was asked to work for them.

Luck Only Gets You So Far

In this sense she was lucky because she never had to go through the rigors of competing for advancement.  On the other hand, she ended up spending her whole career doing what others wanted.  It wasn’t until 18 years had gone by that she realized she’d never given herself the chance to do what she really wanted to do.

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll

What road do you take when you want to go to a destination you’ve never been before? You pull out a map – it could be a GPS, Google map or old fashioned paper map – and see where you are and where you want to go.  You pick the best route for getting there and you get moving in the right direction.

The same is true for your career.  As Cynthia found out, if you don’t have a direction you may end up spending years going where you don’t want to go. You can end up putting into place a plan, but one that isn’t for you.

Don’t Get Lost.

Find your true compass by defining what type of work is rewarding to you.  Define what you want your future career path to look like. Where do you want it to take you?

Figure out what will motivate you every day.  Take an assessment to discover what type of work will bring you the most meaning and success.

Determine what type of environment that is the best fit for you so you can flourish.

Ask for directions.  Talk to others who are doing what you think you might be interested in. Hire a coach like me or someone else who can help you define your route.

Take Action.  Get moving by taking the steps you need to get on the road that will lead you to where you want to go.

If you’d like to accelerate your career success join Linda’s “Make My Career Great in 2013” teleclass and get moving in the right direction.

Linda Hardenstein is an accomplished career strategist with extensive experience serving hundreds of professionals in technology, law, accounting, education and government by leading them to discover their authentic career path and what motivates them.  She provides the tools needed to land a satisfying job and to achieve your career and life goals.