So to help you get started here are five essential components of your career strategy that we talk about at The Ambition Revolution.
1. Work on your career, not simply in it
Just like with great leadership and working on a business, not in it, you’ll be rewarded far more and get to where you want to go much faster if you spend time working on your career, not simply in it. This means spending time setting goals and creating plans.
"If you don’t know where you are going how will you know when you get there?"
Be clear about what you want, where you want to be and by when. Then spend time reflecting on what it will feel like when you get there. Perhaps you’re in a career that you did your undergraduate degree in years ago. Or perhaps you landed a role back when the economic climate was less favourable and it became comfortable over time. Since then you’ve realised it doesn’t actually fire you up and you’ve been yearning for work that was meaningful. Time to start planning.
Setting the goals and planning strategy means you have to be clear about what’s important to you about work and then put some frameworks around it.
As women in the workforce we frequently put our needs, desires and wants second so this can be challenging. We might be biding our time waiting for kids to leave school, the husband’s fast track career or business idea to come to fruition, or perhaps family obligations. Strategy can be planned while you are waiting. And having a plan brings you one step closer to execution phase. Start planning now.
2. Boost self belief and confidence in advance
According to Katty Kay and Claire Shipman in The Confidence Gap article published in the Atlantic, success correlates just as closely (if not more so) to confidence as competence. Women on the other hand have for years been socialised to do the right thing and are more likely to correlate success with competence. Given that self belief and confidence are both critical to getting ahead, then why not build confidence boosting systems, processes and critical pathways into your plan?
- How will you remain buoyant when things don’t go exactly to plan?
- What strategies will you put in place that help you remain steady and confident when you are stressed, tired or worn out?
- How will you remain resilient under criticism?
Get on the front foot and have routines and structures that boost and enhance confidence and self belief firmly in place as preemptive measures.
3. Personal productivity - it's the new black hadn't you heard?