Perspective on Careers
post # 306 — February 9, 2007 — a Careers post
- The cold, hard, truth is that youâ€™ve got to look after yourself.
- You canâ€™t assume that anyone is really looking out for your best interests (in spite of what they may say.)
- There may be a human resources department in your firm, managers, coaches and a mentoring system. But donâ€™t get fooled. Your career is up to you and you alone.
- No one will tell you what experience you should be obtaining, let alone help you get it.
- If you want a specific experience, ask for it.
- Better yet, just go grab it.
- Do not expect that you will be promoted because you deserve it – it is unlikely that anyone is really keeping track.
- If you want to be promoted, ask to be promoted.
- Generally, things do not come to those who do not ask for them.
- None of this means you should be rude, disrespectful to others, or fail to be a team player. It just means donâ€™t be naÃ¯ve.
- In spite of what they may say, itâ€™s up to you. Youâ€™re on your own, kid.
- Manage your own career. No one else will.
Anyone disagree that this is both the right philosophy to have and the cold, hard reality?
Stephanie Lunn said:
As a human resources person, I always tell people to drive their own careers because they know exactly what they want and exactly what they can achieve in a realistic time frame. Always ask the employee to set their own objectives because 1) they’ll remember them 2) they only have themselves to blame if they can’t achieve them. However, I do feel that managers and hr departments should keep track of careers, promotion and be the employee’s voice at the senior management table. That’s part of managing people, keeping the best talent and it’s in the best interest of the company. Otherwise, it’s a dog eat dog mentality.
posted on February 9, 2007