When you’re in your 40s, you can’t afford to jump careers or roles without thinking it through. It is necessary to take caution and move with wisdom so that you don’t spend your restful years struggling.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
Have you considered that?
You need to figure out what you want to do by visualizing where you want to see yourself in 5-10 years to come. If you are not clear about that, think of someone that you admire and you feel you want to be like in years to come. Let that guide your choice and help you think far.
When you are done setting the goals for your career plans, you will need to plan and work towards it.
Whatever your plans are for the next 5-10 years, it will help you answer the following questions:
1. Why am I choosing this career path?
Is there a bigger reason that can scale you through any challenges that comes in the way?
2. What do I need to do to move faster on the career ladder?
Do you need to write a certification or attend trainings? Do you need to subscribe to some educational platforms?
3. Who do you need to guide you on your career path?
It is necessary to have a career mentor that can shorten your movement or correct you when you’re taking the wrong steps. Have you found a career mentor in or outside your office that can fit this role? You could also look for someone who is currently where you’re heading to.
One of the questions people ask is that mentors are difficult to get and as much as it may look so, they are actually not difficult but there’s a strategy around it.
You need to be clear about what you want and also research on the achievers in your career industry.
When you find them, find a way to either introduce yourself or add value in such a way that they will not forget you easily.
You can highlight 3-5 achievers in your industry that can mentor you. Follow up on them to know much about them. Find out what they need that you can help them with and focus on adding value. They will become drawn to you.
4. What personal habit do I need to reach my career goals?
You need the right attitude and mindset. This requires discipline and courage. Find out your personality weakness and manage it properly.
5. What kind of friendships will help me grow faster?
Take your time to de-clutter your relationships. If you move with people who belittle you, it can affect your morale. Move with people who challenge you to be the best.
Which of these do you need to do to be sure you’re on the right career path?