When you’re a passenger in a car rarely are you the person who decides the best route, which way to turn, or even where to park. The driver makes all of those calls. The driver maps out the route, takes into consideration how long it will take to arrive at your destination, and in the end, gets you there safely and successfully. Being a passenger can be easy, stress-free, and blissful, except when you’re in the passenger seat of your own career.
When you’re a passenger in your own career, you give up control of where you’re going, and how you’re going to get there. This can make you feel complacent, powerless, and stuck in your current position. While we know there are a lot of factors that contribute to successfully climbing the corporate ladder, we know one is for certain, corporate America rewards the drivers. So, what does it take to get you into the driver's seat of your career?
Here are 5 Questions to ask to make sure you’re not just along for the ride:
Have I worked toward developing a new skill lately?
Have I reached out to a coworker for feedback on my performance this year?
Have I taken the time to create a ‘career story’ that actively depicts what I do?
Do I know how my manager is measuring my success for the year?
Have I taken advantage of a Career Development opportunity this year? (these can be conferences/summits, classes, certifications, etc.
✨FYI: there is still time to register for The CLIMB’s Annual Career Summit.