Career management in its most simplified form is deciding which career is best suited to you and where you want to head with that specific career. However, most people tend to ignore it. It is never too late. Even if you are in your 40s, career transition is possible.
Things to Consider
When thinking about career management, the following should be kept in mind:
- Long-term achievements: Once you have determined where you want to be a few years down the road, you will be better equipped to acquire the suitable skill set.
- Updating: In our ever-changing world, we need to keep up with the latest information and technology. Stay in touch with the latest technology and trends in the industry.
- Strengths and weaknesses: All of us are aware and proud of our strengths. However, in order to achieve our long-term goals, we need to concentrate on turning our weaknesses into strengths.
- Career accomplishments: In order to acquire that coveted goal, endeavour to reach smaller milestones. Keep track of the smaller achievements and the ones which you have not yet achieved but need to do so to reach the final objective.
- Promotion: Promotions are indicative of your success. If you have not been promoted in a while, step things up a notch.
- Career Investments: Career investment is directly proportional to achieving your long-term goals. It includes attending refresher courses, seminars, workshops, etc.
- Patience: Impatience will lead you nowhere. Channel that impatience into working harder.
You may have established specific long-term goals but in today’s era of economic recession, you need to be flexible and open to the idea of career transition.
- Focus: Once you have decided to change your career, start researching.
- Resume: Rewrite your resume in a way which will catch potential employers’ attention and which seems suited to your new career. Even if your previous experience is different from your new career path, there are common areas. For instance, if you want to become a computer professional where earlier you were a corporate manager, you can emphasize the fact that you are good at troubleshooting.
- Interviews and Networking: Once you have taken the preliminary steps you need to ask around for jobs. Then prepare yourself for the interviews, you probably have experience in giving interviews so this should not be difficult.
- Salary: Once you have been selected, research the salary category of your job description and choose a range which is beneficial for you and your future employer.