In the recruitment business, I’m always talking to a lot of people who are trying to figure out what to do next in their professional lives. They’ll frequently say, “I think I should be doing something different but not sure what.” Not long after, they’ll proceed to talk about a variety of options they’re considering.
It’s interesting that so much of what we know seems to be defined by the past rather than educating ourselves on what the future holds. It’s natural that we’ll have accumulated a lot of knowledge through school and our experiences, but if we don’t know how to think about what’s next out there for our industries and our own professional goals, what happens? We get comfortable. Too comfortable. We put ourselves in a box for our careers and all the possibilities that lie ahead because the idea of shifting gears is too foreign or scary. I know the signs of this self-limitation when I hear candidates say things like, “Oh, I’m just an IT guy” or “I work in healthcare technology, but I could never work in financial technology.”
Here it comes again – it’s that time of year when millions of Americans make their annual New Year’s Resolutions on January 1 and frankly, abandon them not long after. I’d love to see more people stick to these resolutions, particularly when they’re made from a career perspective.
Fortunately, I do think resolutions are more achievable if we plan and act in a different way than we typically do – think of this as a resolution to make a better resolution.
Where do we start?