Understand the importance of defining your career goals before approaching a sponsor. Learn ways to assess your goals if you have not already.
- A few years ago I was speaking at a conference…and I was talking about assessing where you are…in your career and getting clarity…about where you want to go.…After the conference, I received an e-mail…from an audience member who said,…"What you shared so inspired me because…I was waiting for it to happen to me,…instead of for me."…This listener realized that she needed to be the one…to take charge of where things were going in her career…and guess what, so do you.…
[Simon] When you're identifying where you want to go…in your career, first determine the destination…but be open to the shifts in the journey.…Over the last 30 years,…I've worked for six different companies…and have held 10 different jobs,…and what I've discovered is that about every three years,…I experience the three year itch.…Meaning, every three years I was ready to move on…and try a different path toward my goal.…I've always had one destination…but I've stayed open to pursuing many different avenues…and positions that would get me there.…
[Simon] After you determine your destination,…
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- Defining your career goals
- Leveraging your sponsor's influence
- Engaging with your sponsor as an advocate
- Finding projects outside your job requirements
- Making your strengths visible to your organization
- Navigating political roadblocks
- Avoiding career potholes