Recently met a friend of mine, who had a stellar career spanning 15 plus years. During which he pushed himself, set goals and reached the highest aspiration level that people in his industry go for.
Having been operating at that level since a year, now he is facing another Career crossroad.
What to do next?
Sure his current work is exciting, lots of new things to learn and getting him the recognition that he wanted. But at times keeps wondering what he should be doing for the next 10-20 years of his career.
Hearing his position made me realize that even I was in such similar positions many times.
Specifically every-time after I got promoted to next level !
Because my next career goal was most often – when will I get promoted next?
It is only after 10-15 years of my career that I started thinking out beyond the next promotion… and jumped to where I should be reaching in 5-10 years.
Over time my thought process shifted to what Career that I should be pursuing for the rest of my life.
And the trigger for me to shift to this thinking process was the uncomfortable feeling that I was going through navigating each of these career crossroads.
Allow yourselves to reflect on this aspect.
Here are some questions which can provoke your thought process.
- Do you have the right Career goals?
- Are you setting very low Career goals?
- Are you looking at only short-term career goals?
- What are your long-term (10-20 years) career goals?
- When would you want to think of your long-term career goals?
- How do you want to be meaningfully engaged in life once you reach your goals?
R. Satish Chandra