From the moment you decide to snooze or rise at first beep to the second you choose between Netflix and a book — your brain is deciphering between options all day, every single day. Though most of these judgements are just a natural part of fielding through the many large and small demands of routine building, there are some rights and lefts you take that could impact your livelihood. Or as career coach Cheryl Lynch Simpson explains, career decisions direct each chapter of your work life, much like stop signs on a road.
“Choosing which direction to move in next will influence every career decision you make going forward, how quickly you earn promotions, and how much satisfaction you derive from your work,” she says. “If your career decision-making is haphazard, your work life will wander aimlessly and ultimately lead nowhere.”
To reap success and prosperity, and to remain focused on progress and development, make sure to put extra thought and effort into the following decisions::
How Much Energy You Put Into Skill Development
When you list your capabilities on your resume, you probably think of hard skills first. These are the tactical, fundamental trainings you have learned and mastered that allow you to execute your job description effectively. These are important to hone in on, but Simpson says there are actually three different types of skills that every professional must nurture and expand over the duration of their career. They include the job-related functions, of course, but also personal or soft skills, and universal proficiencies that make it possible for you to rise to the top (or to another gig). “Transferable skills, also known as universal skills, apply in most jobs and are widely sought after. These include interpersonal communications, leadership, and the ability to use common software tools available at most jobs,” she explains.
According to Simpson, every man should take stock of his strongest transferable skills and identify at least 10 to 15 at which he excels. From here, you should pinpoint the top three to five of these you enjoy and can leverage. “This shorter list should then be used to help him target the promotions or external jobs he wishes to pursue next,” she adds.
Who You Marry — And Why
While it might seem counterintuitive to bring personal matters into your professional affairs, career and brand coach Wendi Weiner explains that the partner you choose to spend the rest of your life with plays an instrumental role in every decision you make after “I do” — including those crucial to your career. Sure, marrying someone you love is always the best route, but keep in mind how having another person tied to your finances and happiness will shift your progress and your priorities, for better or for worse. If they are nurturing and encouraging, you’re more likely to follow your aspirations, while a negative spirit could make you more doubtful of your ability to succeed. “This means thinking long-term about how you will balance both of your careers if they involve travel, or when one works more than the other,” she recommends.
And if you would like to add “dad” to your job title, Weiner says discussing if you’ll both continue to work and how you’ll make compromises to be present in your children’s lives is essential. “The best thing to do is to have an open-ended conversation and be honest about your goals in the career realm, and how family life will be handled,” she adds.
Where You See Yourself In 10 To 20 Years — Hnd How You Plan For It
It’s smart to have a general sense of where you’d like to see yourself in the future. And more importantly, how you intend to get there. Simpson says employers tend to want to hire professionals who are serious about their career and already have a career plan in motion. Being able explain the proactive measures you’re taking to arrive at a job title, a management level or an income range makes you more appealing to potential companies, and of course, keeps you focused.
“This equates to creating a simple, yet flexible career plan based on responses to a number of questions,” she continues. Here are some to become familiar with and be ready to answer: What types of industries or sub-sectors best suit your skills and interests? Which types and sizes of companies are you a match for? Which roles are you aiming for long-term? In which geographic areas do you see yourself residing in or moving to within what time frame? What types of company cultures best align with your personality? What lifestyle elements most appeal to you? What salary and benefits would you like to have secured?
When Will You Want To Retire And How Will You Plan For Retirement?
Because the average age of retirement is around 67, Weiner notes the average professional will work for 50 years or more. That’s a long time, right? To be able to actually set that out-of-office permanently, you need to be strategic about your financial integrity and strategy. “Start planning early on in your career and start thinking about what companies will offer a 401(k) or targeted savings plan that will help you plan out your finances,” she recommends. “Meet with a financial advisor as well, in order to project your savings and retirement funds 5, 10, and even 20 years down the road.”
Which Values You Want To Emulate In Your Work Life
What’s in your brain impacts your day-to-day performance, but how you feel each day when it’s time to head to the office impacts your sense of self, your energy, and your state of being. That’s why Simpson says choosing a job that aligns with your values will make you more successful in the long run, since you’ll be more dedicated and happier from 9 to 5. “If a man values good leadership, yet works for a boss with poor leadership skills, this value may drive him to seek a promotion, lateral role, or external position in order to escape an intolerable situation,” she explains. So what exactly is a value, in terms of career? Everything from creativity, solving challenges, respect and reputation to leadership, authority, honesty, freedom, judgement, and many others.
Simpson suggests every man should identify his top 10 career values and rank order them. “This list can then be referenced each time he has to make a career decision. Doing so will enable his values to serve him as a career compass and assist him in navigating his work life in a way that is meaningful to him and likely to help him achieve his long-term goals,” she explains.
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