What Does Being A Career Activist Mean?
“Planning your career path, maximizing your marketability, standing up for your rights and enhancing your work satisfaction."
Who's Managing Your Future?
Worrying about getting downsized, getting overlooked for that next promotion or being mistreated by your boss -- these can drain you of your natural enthusiasm. At their worst they can even make you ill. But what if you could firmly plan your career path and prepare yourself for any eventuality, so that your sense of control grows substantially?
Why Even Try?
reduced performance, physical and emotional illness—all of these can result
from the stresses of today's high pressure workplace. The idea
is to ward these off by “planning your career
path, maximizing your marketability, standing up for your rights to enhance your work satisfaction”. This enables you to:
Already employed? Read about how to leverage your current job to become even more marketable!
The Five Key Stages
Like every other process, taking charge of your career becomes more doable when you break it down into manageable steps. Here are five to consider:
The Results Are Worth It
Nadine, a Manager of Finance at a major pharmaceutical
firm, is a single mother of two young children. She was
constantly putting in overtime because her company was a takeover target
and she was afraid of being downsized.This was slowly, silently damaging
her and her family. Her performance
began to suffer, her absenteeism rate shot up plus her self-concept as a
good mother started to crumble.
At that point Nadine approached her boss again, this time with
a win-win solution: she would work from home one day a week and still be
fully in the loop—only now her kids got to see her too. Not an extraordinary
situation by any means. Yet it was
only by fortifying her position that she was able to work with her employer
on a solution. Now the
company has a committed top performer and Nadine’s children have a mom
who is more present and healthier. That’s just
one example of what being a career activist is all about.
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