Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

5 Tips for a Self-Directed Career

313 views

Published on

We all want to determine our own career path, do meaningful work & enjoy what we do. Here are five tips to help you evaluate jobs & opportunities, with the ultimate goal of carving your own way.

Published in: Career
  • @Dean Gollings Thanks for your comments! Those are all very valid points too. This PDF should probably be 37 pages long, as there is a lot to think about!
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • Hi Miles. This is a subject I have commented on elsewhere this week. As a parent and recruiter I have spent a lot of time advising career minded people at various stages of their career. Young people need to take a long term view and not to expect to have a load of fun during the first few years. Patience, along with the need to do what you have talked about is key. There is no 'perfect job' in the early years, unless its also your hobby. Also consider the fact that if you start out in a small business, its much harder to move to a larger one after a few years if you change your mind. Finally, what you do in your 20's will largely dictate the rest of your career, so don't mess it up by making poor decisions based on the short term. Good luck.
       Reply 
    Are you sure you want to  Yes  No
    Your message goes here
  • Be the first to like this

5 Tips for a Self-Directed Career

  1. 1.   5 Tips for a Self-Directed Career  Objective: To determine your path, do meaningful work & enjoy what you do.   _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________  1​ Figure Out What You Want    ● Plan.​ Get in the habit of writing down your objectives in a journal .   1 ● Get Real.​ ​Consider present & future work-life balance issues based on realistic info.  ● Reverse Engineer.​ ​Work backward from your goals & take action today.    2​ Learn How to Identify High-Potential Projects & Jobs    ● Evaluate the Business.​ Look at the overall trajectory, realism of plan, & capital requirements.   ● Position Yourself.​ Figure your place in the business model. Do you help make money?  ● Make a Difference.​ Do you believe in the vision enough to work very hard over time?  3​ Head Down the Right Path   ● Teams Matter.​ Watch out for career ladders that only allow for vertical growth. 2 ● Ensure Impact.​ Look for projects where your role will be valued & mission-critical.  ● Stretch.​ It’s essential that a new position allows you to learn, grow, & develop skills.   4​ Pounce Quickly on Opportunities  ● Love Risk.​ Tolerance for risk decreases over time - now is always the best time.  ● Think of the Future.​ ​Don’t follow current trends. Work on what you think will be new trends.  ● Invest in Yourself.​ Put effort, time, & money into ideas & projects that you own.  5​ Never Stop Learning & Growing  ● Read, Read, Read.​ Go deep & offline in your field. Use apps for real-time industry updates . 3 ● Surpass Mentors.​ Copy the activities of successful people in your field; then, do more.  ● Track Success.​ Write down your achievements & keep a careful history of your projects.  1 Paper journals like “Best Self Journal” or “The Phoenix Journal”  2 Check out https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-career-ladder-for-software-engineers  3 Apps like Flipboard, Nuzzel, & Accompany  Copyright © VocaWorks, Inc. ​ | Written by Miles Jennings | ​ ​VocaWorks: Connecting hand-picked tech talent with vetted employers  www.VocaWorks.com  

×