A client recently asked me: "I've been told that the job that I will have later in my career doesn't even exist yet. How do I prepare for that?"
In today's job market, we change not just our positions and companies but our careers more frequently than ever before. This means that we are all navigating change and uncertainty almost constantly. It's hard to keep up with targets and industries that are evolving at such a rapid pace.
And yet, we treat change like it's a scary and unsettling thing that comes around once in a while, and we can't wait until things just get back to normal already. But it's time to wake up to the fact that change is the new normal. The sooner that we learn how to navigate the uncertainty that is a part of everyday, the more resilient, content, and successful we'll be—now and in the future.
My goal is to help you build what I call Professional Resilience: the kind of confidence that is grounded in a strong sense of who you are, what you stand for, and what you bring to the table no matter what. This is your identity, the foundation of your authentic self and your authentic leadership. And while you'll evolve and refine it as you have new experiences, it is the steady thing that you carry with you through all of this uncertainty.
This self-knowledge is your personal compass for navigating change.
I believe that building your Strategic Career Compass is the key to professional resilience. It's a powerful tool because it isn't just a plan for your immediate next steps. It is the foundation of who you are, no matter what changes in your life—whether you’re seeking a new job, you're stepping into a new leadership position, or you're taking a break to regroup for what's next.
Your Strategic Career Compass helps you to:
Stay grounded: you can return to these core pieces time and again to remind yourself of why you do what you do and why you believe so deeply that it's important.
Be nimble: because your identity isn't rooted in a specific field or job title, you can easily adapt to new industries and the positions of the future in a way that aligns with who you are.
Land the job you want: because you're able to clearly articulate what you authentically bring to the table, not what you think they want to hear.