Whose Career IS It Anyway?

 
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In doing research for my upcoming workshop
5 Signs Your Career Is Stealing Your Soul – And How to Take It Back, I came across this quote:

“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!”— Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

I have had many moments in my long corporate career where I felt frustrated and angry with my employer for not taking better care of me and my career. I learned the hard way that to love my job and thrive in my career, I must embrace it as my own. The truth is, was, and has always been, my career is my responsibility. How absolutely freeing! I am not at the mercy of a corporate entity or a group of managers and executives! My career is not at the mercy of the current economy and election results. What a relief! And I have good news for you – YOUR career is YOUR VERY OWN.

You get to choose what skills to learn, what strengths to leverage, and for whom to work. And if you change your mind, or want to shift directions, you can make that choice and take the actions that make sense for you. So what will you do with your freedom?
What choice will you make today knowing that your career is YOURS? I invite you to share your thoughts below.

If you’re not sure what to do with your new found freedom, check out my post “Do You Have Career Independence?”

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Client Stories

Pat Christopher, Seattle, WA

I was looking to make large changes in my life, both job and city. I was a happy Midwestern resident for nearly 30 years but wanted to see what life on a coast was like and get a dream job. This was a tall order and going into it I thought I would have to make large compromises on parts of my dreams to get any of it.

I went to Lori to help me achieve these dreams. It was the best decision I made.

She focused on two things right out of the gate:

  1. clarify my goals, both personal and professional
  2. get me to stop selling myself short

These twin achievements allowed me to approach my hunt with confidence, patience and focus. My original dream job was to try and combine my technical joys with a personal one. I enjoy large scale data processing with cutting edge tools, music and baseball. Through the tools Lori taught me and helped me unearth in myself I got that gig that would have fallen into day dream territory before our work together.

And yeah, there's platinum records on the walls of my lobby and I have tons of data to process.