10 statements that can help you plan your career

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Photo credit: Ivelin Radkov, Shutterstock

We often hear about how the world of work is changing, but how can you stay on top of changes and have a fulfilling career?

Over on The Muse, Erin Greenawald shares 10 yes-or-no statements from the book The End of Competitive Advantage on how to plan you career when work changes so rapidly. Here are the questions—any places where you answered “no” are areas where you need to improve:

  1. If my current employer let me go, it would be relatively easy to find a similar role in another organization for equivalent compensation.
  2. If I lost my job today, I am well prepared and know immediately what I would do next.
  3. I’ve worked in some meaningful capacity (employment, consulting, volunteering, partnering) with at least five different organizations within the last two years.
  4. I’ve learned a meaningful new skill that I didn’t have before in the last two years, whether it is work related or not.
  5. I’ve attended a course or training program within the last two years, either in person or virtually.
  6. I could name, off the top of my head, at least ten people who would be good leads for new opportunities.
  7. I actively engage with at least two professional or personal networks.
  8. I have enough resources (savings or other) that I could take the time to retrain, work for a smaller salary, or volunteer in order to get access to a new opportunity.
  9. I can make income from a variety of activities, not just my salary.
  10. I am able to relocate or travel to find new opportunities.

Read the rest of the article here.

What do you think of these statements? Are they helpful? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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  1. Parker Brown-Nesbit on

    Wow. Took the quiz & found myself answering no to all of the questions except the last one. Very scary. Here in Charleston, SC area, jobs in the museum field are few & far between & no one knows anyone from “off”.

    I have a question then. How does one network when the folks in the field are not willing to help?

    • I think the suggestion related to volunteering is important for all of us. If you have an area of interest, 20th century art is and example, then volunteer with a group that brings kids to museums. You will be visible to the people you want to begin to network with. You don’t want to “give it away” but be creative and think of what is missing at the museums now and see if you can help develop a program that would possibly give you a job to walk into.

  2. Wow-these were eye opening statements! I am currently pursuing areas to turn my multiple “no’s” into a “yes” and appreciate the reality check that the ideas posed!!

  3. This list just confirms my troubling situation. Everything here is No for me, but cannot find ways to make them Yes. I would love to have the opportunity for #10.

  4. Agreed! This makes me more insecure of my capabilities and ability to find/keep a job. I want to tell myself that this list is only individualized solutions to becoming/staying employed (we are questioning our personal actions, not the state of our economy) but I also don’t want to not be prepared should something terrible happen to my job/employer.

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