Other people’s dreams: how to understand that you are building your career

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) – The image of a successful career is often shaped by the environment, family and culture of the country where we grow.

Modern settings in the career show that success depends not only on whether you have time to develop and demonstrate actual competencies, but how well you know your own strengths and are in an environment that supports and develops them. The main difficulty in finding the best profession for ourselves is that very often our career orientations and what really motivates us and gives us pleasure in work (career motives) do not coincide. What really involves us and from which our eyes literally burn, does not seem to us a way to success.

According to the Swedish company Decision Dynamics, the image of a successful career is often shaped by the environment, family and culture of the country where we grow. That is, we often build a career of someone else’s dreams, our parents, for example. And according to RosExpert research, 40.5% of professionals are confident that success is necessarily the manager’s career and, the higher they rise in the corporate hierarchy, the happier they will feel. At the same time, according to Decision Dynamics, there are four types of a successful career.

Career type “Expert” – when a person so seriously identifies himself with the profession that does not allow the possibility that his specialty will change during life. For example: “I’m a doctor”, “I’m an engineer”. Supporters of a “power” career type build professional success by climbing up the career ladder as high as possible. People with a career of “self-realization” say that they “open their careers” by moving horizontally and mastering new functions and roles, supplementing their competences with new, related skills and applying their experience from different angles. If you look at the resume of a career-type “diversity” person, you might think that there is no career, because you will see an incredible bouquet of the most diverse functions, roles, industries and companies that are not connected at all.

Each of these types of careers has its advantages, carries a certain set of properties and character traits. “Experts” are focused on high quality, “power” are happy to compete for market share and are eager for efficiency. “Self-realization” celebrates teamwork and personal development, and “diversity” is incredibly flexible and customer-oriented. It is these factors that the employer associates with the competencies that representatives of each type are likely to demonstrate vividly in their work.

Of course, this description of the concept is a simplification, but everyone should think about how the goal that you are now implementing has appeared. Was this event from your life, when, doing something, you realized that it is this business you want to devote to yourself. Or it was the kind and persistent advice of my mother: “Accountants always earn well, act on the economic!”. And then – take a good look at your career. Ask yourself a question, but what is most important for you? Look closely at tasks and projects that may have required a lot of time and effort, but in which you have achieved success. At what moments in your professional life did you feel that you were passionate about going to some new level: what was the context, what factors contributed to it, which company and the environment.

For example, if you were inspired by the recognition of the professional community, fellow experts and the ability to hone skills for a long time, improve your skills, plunging into the details of the topic, your type is an “expert”. It is important for you to choose the environment and culture, where there will be something to talk about with colleagues. Companies that are oriented to high quality and long-term development will be suitable for you, important factors will also be a permanent contract, stability and transparency of labor remuneration.

If the soul sang, when it was necessary to prevail, fight, achieve, and also with the appearance of different attributes of promotion – a personal office, access to meetings only for the elected ones, well, you preferred to recognize achievements in the form of financial equivalent, your type of career is “power “. When choosing an employer, boldly respond to the most ambitious, with plans to conquer the market on a scale of at least our universe, and also with a clearly defined hierarchical structure, so that you do not think that the “kingdom is too small,” too quickly.

If the biggest source of inspiration in the career were people – the leaders and the teams with whom they had to work; if the important question was not “what to do”, but “with whom”, then, most likely, you are of the “self-realization” type. Your desired environment is matrix structures, companies where design work is practiced and the company invests in employees and provides opportunities for personal development, like what is offered at places like Development Academy.

And finally, if the most important was always the issue of independent decision-making, a large amount of personal space, and at the same time every project or task was completely new, unlike past projects, you are “diversity”. Run from the constancy and routine into the culture of start-ups, search and create new opportunities and services in the market.

So, try to understand what kind of work inspires and where your true desires are. This activity will bring joy, give a sense of the meaning and value of your contribution to each day, bring a sense of self-realization and enthrall. This “path to yourself” is the most faithful on the way to your personal success.