How far you will go in your career shouldn’t be determined by job titles. What are you learning that you can apply years from now? That’s a big part of managing your career trajectory. Job seekers are still thinking about the next job instead of their career path over time. Melissa Cooley and I discuss this as we hope you would think concerning the longitudinal path of your career.
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Melissa Cooley is the founder of the blog, The Job Quest. Her multiple career articles and mentions have appeared in The Daily Muse, The Savvy Intern Blog, and Under30Careers. She is a Certified Advance Resume Writer and an Interview Coach.
Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation:
- Some of the language from many job seekers suggests a lack of understanding their career trajectory such as, “I’ve landed…” because it sounds like it’s permanent
- A new job still means your actions must be purposeful for your entire career. Take control of your future and avoid being reactionary!
- Don’t pitch your tent but treat it as a pit stop! The only constant is change.
- An Austrailian study shows that 60% of college students are chasing careers that no longer exist. Online courses such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), Skillshare, and Udemy more valuable.
- Melissa stated that apprenticeships are valuable with the real world experience and gut instinct
- Missed opportunities because people looking for the formal training (classroom) and it may not exist
- Melissa said that people are not grasping and understanding what and where a real opportunity is found
- In ancient times, the Greeks desiring education followed other people, not schools
- Melissa said that textbooks provide static answers, but mentors will provide more dynamic input
- Textbooks may not provide timely answers like a mentor could
- Melissa referred to people finding mentors outside of his or her field where transferable skills may apply to both
- She also said your career trajectory is not found in job titles but transferable skills. Think about the skills already possessed and its application to other career opportunities
- Attitude, aptitude, and soft skills are big parts of the layers required to change careers and your career trajectory. Can you cross-train in your current career? Do you fit with the company? The team?
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