Take The Long Term Perspective When It Comes To Your Career

Who could have imagined at the start of 2020, how very different the year would be?

We are into our 11th week of lockdown in the UK at the time of writing this blog post.  Something few would have ever contemplated or imagined.

2020 might have been the year when you had big career plans. 

Maybe you were hoping to:

  • Move to a new organisation or sector.
  • Get promoted at work.
  • Work internationally

Or something else.

Given current events and the uncertainty you might be thinking that all your best laid career plans are in tatters.

Is that reality?  Probably not.

Yes you might to wait.  Yes you might have to take a different direction.  Yes you might have to overcome disappointment.

Equally it’s really important in my experience to keep a sense of perspective when it comes to your career.

You might look at others who seem to be making great strides compared to you.

You might be wondering when some certainty will return.

Trouble is there are going to be uncontrollable during your career.  That’s just the way it is.

Of course what’s really important to understand that success in your career isn’t achieved overnight.

It’s achieved over the long term.

There are:

  • A series of steps.
  • Times when you need a bit of luck.
  • Obstacles and challenges along the way.

The key thing is to keep focused, to keep moving forward, do what you can and forget about those things you can’t control or influence.

You could, for example:

  • Spend more time getting clear about what you want from your career.
  • Do some research.
  • Spend time getting clarity about what you have to offer to an employer.
  • Connect or reconnect with your network.
Think about what one or two things would help you keep moving forward and working on your longer term career success.
Remember career success is less like a sprint and more like a marathon.