The Essential Tool for Navigating a 21st Century Career Path

The Essential Tool for Navigating a 21st Century Career Path

After working with over 40 clients on developing the next steps of their careers, I've noticed that they often come to me focused on the tactical and logistical steps ahead of them: things like performance reviews, job descriptions, updating their resumé and LinkedIn profiles, writing cover letters, and searching and applying for new positions.

These are the tasks that we usually associate with career building. I think of them as a career roadmap—a landscape laid out in front of you with many different roads and stops along the way to your destination: the next step in your career and leadership journey.

But I've seen through clients and through my own experiences that navigating the career roadmap can be overwhelming and even paralyzing. There are so many roads are available, and the linear paths of the past have turned into winding, intersecting streets that we often need to pave for ourselves. 

Before you begin work on the roadmap, you need a navigation tool to guide you—a compass to steer you to not just the next stop on your journey, but the right next step for you…

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Strive to Arrive in a Culture of Career Path Impatience

Strive to Arrive in a Culture of Career Path Impatience

Achieve. Excel. Prove. Strive. Progress. 

These are all words that I would use to describe my approach to my career path in my first decade out of college. In a job interview along the way, one of the panelists asked me to what I attributed the "meteoritic rise" detailed on my resume. Me, a meteor! The question took me by surprise because I thought the answer was so obvious that it wasn't worth asking. Isn't that what the world wanted from me? Isn't that what I've been taught my whole life to be aiming towards? Rise to the top. Go to the best school. Get the best grades. Perform. Strive. Achieve. 

This is a sense ingrained in many young professionals today. We expect to advance quickly, to rise within our organizations, to display an impressive job title on our LinkedIn page.

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Forget the Linear Path

Forget the Linear Path

"I'm afraid of making a mistake. I'm afraid of making the wrong choice."

One of my clients is wrestling with the next step of her career. She feels as though the path she chooses at this point will determine the course of her career—like one choice is a mountain where she'll start at the bottom and determinedly, over time work her way up to the top.

But what if she makes the wrong choice? Does it mean that if she changes her mind, she'll need to go all the way to the bottom of another mountain and start all over again?

This may have been how things worked in the past, but it's not how they work today... 

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