Take the Reins of Your Own Career

Pandemics aside, many people feel stuck in their current position and along their current career path. They might have a boss who is not encouraging, or be in a company that is not supportive.

Yet, no matter where you happen to be, you can take the reins of your own career to ensure that you are constantly adding to your store house of experiences, skills,  knowledge, and insights.

Consider the case of Randy. When Randy was in his first few months working for a consulting firm, he recognized that attending local industry trade shows, expositions, and career conferences would both help to propel his career and make him a more valuable resource for his firm’s clients.

Repaid or Not

Sometimes Randy would ask his bosses for reimbursement to attend selected events. On occasion, they’d say, “Yes, go ahead. Spend the three days at the conference, we’ll foot the bill.” Often, they did not capitulate. They would not foot the bill. In such instances, Randy elected to pay his own way to attend selected conferences.

Although he was paying several hundred dollars and cumulatively, several thousand, Randy knew it was vital to stay current and aware…

He knew as well that it paid to establish key industry contacts, to determine what information people were gathering or seeking, and to gain new ideas and insights to share with his firm as well as his clients. In some cases, the conferences proved to be even more vital than Randy had originally presumed.

Asking Critical Questions

Employable talent, like Randy, devotes the time and maintains the discipline to periodically update their knowledge, skills, and information in critical areas. They ask key questions of themselves:

* Am I worth it?
* Will what I am doing make a difference?
* Will what I am learning keep me in the groove?
* Will what I seek to attend potentially add value?

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Posted by Jeff Davidson

Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony.

Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including:
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