Charting a Course for Your Career

A New Year brings a time of reflection and for many people it’s a time to look at what their goals are and how they plan to achieve them. Planning for your career is a smart thing to do. We all know that landing the first job is about luck and opportunity. Rising up the ranks does not have to be just about luck.

Step One: Decide where you want to be at the end of your career. Are you looking to be in a high management position? If the answer is yes, then you need to consider what the steps are to get there.
Once you determine the positions you need to be in to get to this goal then it is time to consider how you’re going to get those positions.

Step Two: What are you willing to do and where are you willing to go to achieve your career objective?

This is a very important question and can also be a stumbling block in your advancement. The first part of this question is “Are you willing to move away from friends and family?” Many people have a hard time with this, but when you are trying to reach your career goals it is something that can either accelerate or hold up your chances for advancement. Taking a next step position in a part of the country that you may perceive as less than desirable could move you down the career track you have set for yourself much faster than if you stayed in one place and waited for an opportunity to open. It will help if you approach moving around the country for your career as a series of temporary stays. 5 years in a position shows competence and stability and yet goes by so quickly you have barely unpacked when it’s time to move to the next position.

At NES Health we have some truly great opportunities, and yes, we will admit they aren’t always in big cities with lots of glitz and glamour. But consider the position! This is a chance for you to put your career on your timeline and not wait for something to come open.

Step Three: Taking a position with your eye on the next step up from there. When you are growing your career, you must look at the position you are applying for as a stepping stone to the next great position that you want to have. Even if it is in a location that does not immediately resonate with you, at the end of the day you have to ask yourself:

  1. Will this position expand my experience?
  2. Will this position lead to more opportunities?
  3. How can I use this position to get to the next goal?

If you can answer these questions you are well on your way to meeting the career goal you have set out for yourself. A move to another position must check all the boxes before you take it. Keeping your eye on the prize always is the key to your success.

When you are three years into the position the time to start looking for another position is upon you. At this point creating a relationship with a headhunter or placement agency is a good way to find the right direction. You have them as your wingman in your career. They will keep you top of mind when the next great opportunity comes along. For some, you can even give them a laundry list of wants and desires.
This makes taking the position in the less obvious location much more acceptable and you know that your placement team is looking out for you too.