Posted On July 30,2019
You have done the hard yards, scored a good job in a Fortune 500 with a decent pay cheque – life is set! Well that’s what one would think and I don’t blame you. It is the society we live in – it is subtly competitive and peer pressure does the rest. However, give it a couple of years and then reality sinks in. The train of thought changes course and questions like “what am I doing here?”; “am I just a number in this behemoth?” start popping in your head. Suddenly every new project seems like the last one you just finished; international assignments don’t seem attractive anymore and the decent pay cheque that was once something you were proud off seems low. In summary you have lost your mojo and in your mind the solution is simple – switch jobs. You take the plunge and………….the saga continues!
I have come across a number of candidates / professionals as a hiring manager days where they struggle to answer a simple question – “Why are you looking for job change?” Lack of career growth, toxic culture/office politics, been with the same organisation for a while are some of the common responses. These are all fair reasons, well to an extent but they lack a basic fundamental thought – what is the end goal from a career perspective and how will this new job help you get there. Not having the right drivers will definitely result in a short term gain but in the longer term you are still at the crossroads of the “What” and the “How”
This is what I do and it is not correct by any means. It just helps me put my thoughts into perspective:
1. Break each year into blocks of six months
2. Write what you want to achieve in each of these blocks. The key here is to write and read them every day. Sounds silly, but this definitely helps. I would even suggest having a white board in your room and call these your goals
3. Discuss your goals with your mentors. If you need guidance mentors and their importance in your career, feel free to read one of my earlier blogs
4. Once the goals are nailed, map them back to your organisation and find how it can help you achieve them. This is not easy initially but talking to your seniors/bosses will help. Be transparent, you’re investing time and effort for them, this is the least they could do.
5. Tick of the goals as you achieve them and add new ones
6. There will be a time when your current employer will not be able to offer what’s written on your board – that’s when you change your job and repeat steps 1 – 5.
I am cognizant of the fact that your personal circumstances will change as you go through this journey and that you may have to take few lateral steps to move up – nothing wrong with it. Just don’t lose sight of the destination.
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Author – Ritu Raj Das, Co-Founder, Skill Prodigy