step in getting that control is to decide what you want to
be "when you grow up". Every journey begins from
a starting point and ends with a destination. Where have you
been? Where are you now? Where do you want to see yourself
in one year, five years, ten years, at retirement?
aren't easy questions. If you have decided to take control
of your career and need help in defining your skills, then
a career counselor is in order. I'm not talking about the
career-marketing firms that have given the industry such a
bad name. Instead, look for a nationally certified career
counselor (contact the National Board for Certified Counselors
at 800-398-5389). Another option is to turn to the career
services department of your alma mater or a local college/university.
They can offer skills assessment, interest tests, interview
coaching, and a wide range of other career services.
know what you like to do and what you can do, then you must
narrow down the career choice that best meets your needs (money,
city, physical demands, family needs, etc.). Set that career
as your goal.
can develop a plan to accomplish that goal. Do you need more
training? A different degree? Money for school? Networking
contacts? A better resume? A campaign strategy? Interview
training? Analyze each obstacle that stands in your way and
create a plan for overcoming it.
wait until your company downsizes or you get a new boss you
hate. Make proactive choices now, not reactive ones later.
A wise woman once said, "You can do anything you want
to do if you want it badly enough." Go for it NOW! Nothing
is standing in your way.