Two Catalysts Make It Possible
Orientations to Transition & A Process to Organize Experiences.
I just finished writing my first book called Careerismo which outlines how women get started in a career. I intentionally kept my book short and to the point, which means I could not expand on all of the useful content. In this and future blog posts, I will make the more of the content which does not appear in the book available to you.
In Careerismo, I mention sources of advice to take when starting your career. The best source of counsel and advice to take is your own experience. The challenge you face in a new career is that you don’t have enough experiences. You don’t know if you will like your job or the industry you work in or, for that matter, whom to trust when building relationships.
There are many other areas and times when having a source of knowledge would be beneficial to the development of your career. Don’t fret, help is on the way. First of all realize what you lack in experience, you more than make up for with enthusiasm. Simplify the start, or transition, of your career by applying all of that positive energy to create more experiences.
Once you enter the new terrain of putting skills, jobs and professions to work, I would also suggest that you find some reliable ways to acclimate before getting started. Whenever I step on foreign soil, I often acclimate by getting an overhead view and some perspective from the ground level. I take walking tours around cities and climb to higher ground to gain more perspective. I am also keenly interested in obtaining local knowledge whenever, and however, I can.
You can do much the same. A walking tour around a company will give you a sense of its culture, its business and its people. Seeking out unbiased opinions from people who have nothing to gain or lose from conversations can provide wayward points for you to get started, gain a sense of direction and identify a more reliable path toward future opportunities. You can identify who is credible and what the most useful sources are by trusting your better judgement.
Think of these activities in the aggregate as a self-orientation. Expand on it and develop a process for making career decisions that can be continuously improved to fit in most situations and circumstances. I would suggest you use a self-orientation process of this type for transition points and develop a foundational framework that works best for you. They will help you transition quickly, keep track of results and organize all of your experiences.
Along the way, you will pick up many valuable experiences. Applying knowledge from these types of experiences to make insightful decisions that benefits your career is the end goal. Self orientations and a process of organizing career experiences are the catalysts that make it all happen.
In an upcoming post, I will cover qualities you should look for when seeking external sources of advice for the development of your career.