To achieve the career of your dreams, it is important to be strategic about your look and dress for the job you want. In addition, any good career strategy will focus on career navigation. The goal of career navigation (aka “coaching”), is to help you realize your potential, expand your capabilities and focus on work that is meaningful and in line with your values. Working with a career navigation expert is one of the most powerful ways to advance your career faster and create career happiness and success. However, there are many myths surrounding career navigation that prevent people from working with a career navigation expert. Let’s focus on 3 of those myths.
Myth #1: It’s only for executives, people in management, or those wanting to climb the corporate ladder
This thinking is similar to the thought that only fit people belong in a gym. In fact, strategically managing your career will benefit you overall by helping you to better understand yourself, help you to focus on work that is both meaningful and fulfilling and help you bolster your professional relationships. This means a happier and more satisfying day to day experience in your job. And for those of you that wish to advance professionally, working with a career navigation expert can be extremely valuable. Most people aren’t born with leadership skills; rather, they must work on the mindset and behaviors necessary to develop those skills. A career navigation expert can help you recognize and address professional roadblocks, identify goals and specific strategies to accomplish those goals, and navigate the often tricky sociopolitical dynamics in organizations that can frustrate people and keep them stuck. Having a career strategy in place will help you build leadership competence and confidence to climb the career ladder faster.
Myth #2: I can focus on it when I get the job I want or if I have a career crisis
Working with a career navigation expert is most effective when you’re happy with your job rather than miserable. Misery can sometimes create desperation and we often fail to think clearly or take action that will serve us long-term. When you’re happy, you can make decisions from a place of strength. A career navigation expert will help you see beyond your accomplishments and help you further tap into your talent and potential. Their job is to help you grow and improve, hold you accountable to your goals, and make sure you are moving in the right direction of those goals. Being proactive and strategic will allow you to be the driver of your career rather than someone who is in the passenger seat.
Myth #3: I need an additional degree and/or certification to advance professionally, so career navigation won’t help me
There are, of course, jobs that require a technical or advanced degree like nursing or being a lawyer. However, there are so many positions that don’t require advanced degrees. In fact, a lot of job descriptions are aspirational, meaning they will list the skills that would be nice to have in a candidate, not the skills that are essential for the role. And it’s often how you’ve positioned yourself to be considered for role that determines your success in getting the position. Effective strategies include networking, being able to effectively discuss past accomplishments, and taking on challenging assignments that build new skills. Working with a career navigation expert can help you determine strategies at your disposal that can help you bolster your chances of getting your dream job.