Get What You Want From Your Career

23 Apr 2015

Why do we all need help with our careers?

The short answer is we need help because career paths are becoming more complicated.
Professional firms are getting larger and more complex. Different professions are crossing over and in time will probably merge.

It is harder for us all to progress and less clear about whether it is worth the effort.
We are also more confused about what we want out of work.

Do we want to get to the top and make the sacrifices required to do that or would we rather put more effort into our lives outside work? There has been so much written about work life balance that “going for it” in career terms may almost feel like it puts you out of step with everyone else.

All our markets are getting more competitive and our clients can access our services in different ways using technology to the point that some of us might be concerned that what we do will become redundant, shortly followed by us.

There is also a trust issue in professional firms. The fee earners don’t trust the owners of the business to deliver on promises of progression. Every time someone is made a partner it dilutes the profit for those there already.

So how can we find our way through to what we want?

Get help
Find someone to talk to who understands the world you work in and knows you. Talk to them and use the conversations to work out why it is that you are doing what you are doing and what it is you want to get out of your career.

Focus
Once you understand why you are doing what you are doing and what you want out of it you can start to develop a plan to take you towards what you want to achieve. Now you know how you are going to do it.

Write it down
A plan is of limited value unless and until you write it down. Look at it frequently. The plan may be incomplete but as long as it moves you towards your goal that is good enough.

Do it
Implement your plan and stick at it. If you can find someone to share the plan with who can hold you accountable that is great.

A lot of people don’t think about the why, the what or the how and then wonder why they feel unfulfilled and are not progressing.
In order to make the most of a career in the professions you have to invest a lot of time and often money. The service you can give to the community as a professional can be hugely rewarding and a lot of people do what they do because they enjoy the experience of delivering the service, they enjoy the challenge and stimulation of diagnosing the problem the client has and then delivering the thing that solves the problem and makes the client happy.

That is great but it becomes less fulfilling over time unless the professional is developing themselves and their own career at the same time as they are looking after their clients.

The final thing to remember is that you are responsible for your own career. Your firm and your boss may give you some training along the way but it is your responsibility to get what you need to have the career and the life you want.

This article was written by Phil Jepson for the Pro-Manchester SME Club. For more information Click Here.

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