Young men and women tell me they lack confidence in their careers and employer choices. Too often they jumped on an educational escalator and got off in a place that does not fit them.
Stop grousing and take charge! Make next year your best ever!
Do you want to lead or manage people? Is partial or total ownership of a business important to you? Will hyper-performance and skill in your chosen field reward you? Do you need recognition, new challenges, consistency, flexibility, maximum income, being in the know, customer contact, time for discovery, hands-on work, community impact or just being outside? Running from the wrong job is not the same as running toward the right one.
Your manager is not helpful? Find the manager with a reputation for helping and make an appointment Monday morning.
Should everyone take a year to find the right job? No, but everyone can put more effort into targeting the employers and types of work that fit them best. Get this part right and most of the rest will take care of itself.
Make it your best year ever when you know what you want, clear your hurdles and get focused. No one else cares more about your success than you.
Bruce Clarke, J.D., is CEO of CAI, helping more than 1,000 North Carolina employers maximize employee engagement and minimize employer liability. For more information, visit www.capital.org.