In our professional lives, we often come across various professionals who are in various phases of their career and who have a deep feeling of not living up to their own career aspiration due to the circumstances or the organizational support or their own personal priorities being different at some point. Being an HR professional I have often heard from these set of professionals how once they were the stars and eventually they faded away and the organization doesn’t value their contributions today as much as it used to be earlier. There is a common theme that I have observed in this set of professionals and that each of them feels stuck in their careers due to the fact there is no growth inside the organization and also outside the organization and often each of them feels that they have always done their best and its now the organization is calibrating them differently for the same level of performance.
On studying the career journeys of such professionals closely and reflecting on how they could have done differently. The following themes come to my mind which as a professional I am cognisant about for my own career as a professional and would like to share with all who are in such a phase or who want to ensure that they don’t get into such a phase ever in their career.
Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss:
Keep changing your role every 2-3 years be it horizontally, vertically within the function, or outside the function basis the career aspiration. Moving jobs and doing different roles within the same organization preferably add to the muscles of a professional in terms of rounded understanding and ability to evaluate a challenge or task from all dimensions which eventually lead to better decision making and better ability to perform in a given role.
Embrace Growth Mindset:
Always ready to take New Challenges, Learning from failure, taking bigger assignments with considerable responsibility, can-do attitude all are traits of a Growth Mindset. It’s important that we build a growth mindset at all times of our Career Journey.
Your Career Your Responsibility:
Often Employees in organizations feel that the organization should take care of their career. Organizations do provide frameworks and growth paths for the talent in the organization, however, the reality is that Corporate Structures are Pyramids and all can’t be accommodated as they move up. Hence it is important that we realize that our career Is our responsibility and we work towards making the most of the organizational career development framework to ensure we either grow in the pyramid within the organization or outside in another organization.
Develop Competencies for the Market:
Career is a long journey, the functional and behavioral competencies that enable success in an organization at a given point of time is different from the one a few decades later. It’s not because the organization wanted to change but because the organization was forced to change to cater to the changing dynamics of the market and the varied tastes of the customer. Hence it is important that we professionals consistently develop our competencies by learning and doing both to stay ahead of the curve at all times. Amounts incurred on self-development are not costs they are investments for a long successful career.