Guest Post by Pierce Boylin:
Career management is an important part of anyone’s life. There are just far too many unknowns that are potential threats and opportunities. And if you’d like to maintain security and a comfortable lifestyle, you had better plan out your career management strategy. This is especially true when living under uncertain economic conditions.
As of late, “recession” has been a word that plagues many different countries, and the wounds run deep. Job-loss fears rise, as do stress levels, during these times. But with some planning and emotion-control, one can help to ensure a great future for themselves, despite the economic weather of the day. This is where proper career management comes into play.
One of the best career management tactics one can do to increase their life security is to have a career backup plan. Even if you think your current job is safe, it’s important to be ready for the unthinkable. Start by sitting down and thinking about your life’s work. What are all the things you’ve achieved of importance in your life? Do not limit this list to only things that were or are “job-related,” but list every achievement that’s important to you or made you proud. This is a great way of uncovering hidden opportunities for you future career management and growth.
It’s important when planning your career management and backup to not limit your possibilities. In the United States, there are almost 30,000 different job titles according to the Department of Labor. Sit down one day and think about what your passions and interests are, what type of work has always intrigued you and what your ideal daily life would consist of. Try to think of ways your skills, and more importantly your accomplishments, can help you in finding work that is fulfilling. This is more in line with career development, but can help in your career management should you lose your job due to lay-offs and cutbacks.
Speaking of career development, consider creating a career plan. Career management companies like People First HR Services are out there and can help you do this. Exploring new career possibilities is an amazing way at motivating yourself and keeping yourself positive in an economic downturn. Just because you are doing a specific job now, or have done it for the past several years, does not mean that’s all there is to look forward to in life. Finding out where your passions and your skills align is an important part of developing yourself professionally. It’s a difficult part, but an important one nonetheless. Find out what you’re able to do and what’d you’d love doing, so that when time comes, you’re ready take steps towards your future.
Career management is an important exercise that everyone should go through. In today’s world, nothing is for sure and the job security of the older generations does not exist anymore. One has to be agile and dynamic to identify and take advantage of any opportunities that come their way. By developing a career path or a “road” on which to base your future growth, you force yourself to be ready for whatever may happen. Without planning and implementation, your career will remain stagnant and unfulfilling. And when an unexpected twist is thrown your way (something that often happens in bad economic times) you’ll be better prepared to deal with it and push through successfully.
Pierce Boylin is an author and blogger who writes on a variety of business topics. Learn more about career transition services.
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