It is fair to say your career is your responsibility.
It is also true to say that others have to be involved.
The key is to get a balance between what you want and what others want.
But what if this balance is skewed?
What if you are taking less responsibility than is good for you or your career?
Then, you are, in essence, outsourcing your career.
Outsourcing is where you pass responsibility for delivery to someone else.
In your workplace, other people, and the organisation as a whole, have their own agendas.
In the recruitment space, people have their own agenda.
This means recruiters and companies are not necessarily impartial.
Although they are often involved in your career adventure, assuming they have responsibility for developing your career is limiting and quite risky.
Being more strategic about your career is a great way to avoid inadvertently outsourcing your career.
Looking ahead and imagining your future provides a longer-term perspective and helps you make better shorter-term choices or decisions.
Choices and decisions which you are part of and belong to you.
Ask yourself questions like…
- What generally am I looking to achieve?
- When and where would it happen?
- What are my aspirations?
- What does success look like to me?
- What matters to me?
Then use the impetus to move forward.
No-one cares about your career as much as you do. Or at least you ought to care about it the most.
After all, it’s your life’s work so why not move it up the priority list?