Big career decisions do not announce themselves well in advance, as part of that neat and tidy career plan you had in mind 5 years ago. They simply confront you. An opportunity pops up that isn’t exactly what you planned for. Life happens.
To recap, a career strategy is a way of thinking about your career moves so that each move gets you closer to your ultimate goals, even if things don’t pan out as you expect. Identifying the career strategy patterns that resonate with you is extremely useful because it better enables you to envision your career roadmap.
Earning the freedom to work where and how you choose is not as straightforward as ticking a few boxes on a checklist, nor is it about replicating the strategies of others who have gone before you. In an ever-changing world, there is no guarantee that what worked yesterday will work today.
Your studies didn’t prepare you for it. Your boss isn’t going to do it for you. And it doesn’t happen simply by the passage of time, or by running on autopilot. Careers that don’t work out are sometimes the result of decisions made, but more often they are the result of decisions not made.
Your career might not be the most important thing to you at every stage in your life, but it also doesn’t have to be the thing you do just to pay the rent. You can, and should, get more out of it - both in terms of the experience of the work itself, as well as the lifestyle it can afford you.
The COVID-19 crisis has pulled the proverbial rug out from underneath our feet but that doesn’t mean we are helpless in the face of change. Now might be the time to turn off Netflix and start putting together a come-back plan to prepare for life after lockdown. One thing’s for certain: hoping for things to get back to the way they were is not a good strategy.
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