When you own something
- You interact with it differently
- There is a connection – psychological, emotional, mental
- It matters to you, you care about it, you want to take care of it
When you own your career journey
- You want to engage/get involved
- There is a connection – psychological, emotional, mental (positive)
- It matters to you, you care about it, you want to influence or take charge in directing it
- You’re more likely to be intentional in influencing its direction
Why then don’t you own your career journey
- Just going with the order of things, letting my career life just happen or unfold
- Going with societal or family expectations
- Never give much thought to it. Did not know it’s something I can do.
Benefits of owning your career journey
- More likely to utilize skills and abilities that you enjoy and are good at in your work.
- More likely to do work that fulfills your interests, that’s motivating and engaging, and in line with your values.
- More likely to do work that is purposeful and meaningful to you.
- More likely to accomplish your career aspirations and goals.
- Greater over all career success and satisfaction.
Own your career journey – What it isn’t?
- Having a 3, 5, 10-year career plan
- Something done once at a specific time
- A mental or motivational exercise
Own your career journey – What it is
- A practical process you can implement to direct or influence your career or professional growth.
Your career life is a journey that you are on. It evolves over time. Taking ownership means being intentional to take part in shaping, molding, influencing or directing your career journey. When you acknowledge that you have a career concern and decide to do something about it – that’s taking ownership of your career journey.