Wednesday, March 18, 2015

7 steps to upgrading your career + a bonus step

The only constant in business is change. Those who embrace change and adapt will make it to the next level. Change is the path to a promotion, a better job, and a better you. Doing what has always been done is the best way to stay in the same place. You don't get a promotion by doing the same job you were hired to do. Your starting salary is the salary you are worth. The only way to get a promotion is to change for the better.

The hardest part to making the needed change is overcoming the resistance. You need to get out of your own way. The biggest hurdle between you and the next level is yourself. It is scary to take the first step. Everything inside you will scream to stay where you are. We are comfortable as we are; it feels safe. The steady corporate job is a dangerous place to be. At any moment someone else can decide our future and we will be left fumbling to put it back together.

Always be prepared for change, always encourage change and always make change happen. There are few things that are certain. Be in charge of your future by being in charge of your change. Be an agent of change.

I have made being a master of change my mission. Since the recession I have doubled my salary. There’s nothing special about me. I don’t have an advanced degree like a Masters or PhD. I was a B student in college and didn’t join any of the special organizations that look great on a resume. The difference between me and my peers is that I have learned to initiate change and ride the wave when it comes.

I am writing the handbook for changing your career. I am sharing my story and the details of my career changing actions. I was able to double my salary during a recession and I hope my story will inspire you to initiate the change you want to see in your career. If you are an executive or a skilled worker we have something in common, we are reaching for the next level. The career change handbook will guide you to your next level. Getting to the next level regardless of your current place requires a carefully planned change.

Where do you dream of being? Make a plan and start heading towards your dream.

Here are the 7 steps for planning your next career change
  1. Find your current place on your career map
  2. Determine the next places you can go to
  3. Decide which place you want to go to
  4. Inventory what you need to get there
  5. Create a plan and gather the resources
  6. Execute on the plan
  7. Adapt along the way
  8. Bonus - Once you reach your destination, repeat
Map making is the most important skill you can learn. Map making will bring you to the next level of your career and guide you through uncertainty. Map where you are, map a route to where you want to be, then head out on your adventure and update your map along the way.

“It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” - J.R.R.Tolkien, The Lord of The Rings