Are You Managing Your Job Instead of Managing Your Career?
Managing job

A big mistake a lot of us make in our work is to confuse our careers with the jobs we have right now. This is a problem because we end up confusing job management with career management. And believe me, there’s a difference. 
Job Management

When you are managing your job, you focus on:

Accomplishing current tasks and responsibilities
Attending company/organization-sponsored training

Networking on behalf of your company

Doing things right and meeting company/organization expectations

There’s nothing wrong with any of this. Job management is necessary to keep your current position and will help you develop your reputation for future opportunities. 

The problems arise when every ounce of energy you have for work is poured into your current job, with nothing left over to think about and prepare for a future that most likely will not be with your current company or organization. 

Job management is about pleasing your current employer. Career management is about creating your own path. 

Career Management
What have you learned

When you are managing your career, you still do some of the job management tasks I identified above. 

But you are also carving out time, attention and energy for thinking through and acting on your own goals and desires in your career. You:

Regularly reflect on your career–what you are learning, what you want to be learning, how you are using your strengths and sparks. 

Seek out and create relationships that support your own growth and development.

Are in charge of your own learning, recognizing that your knowledge and skills are YOURS and that they are one of your main sources of competitive advantage.

Assess your company’s professional development opportunities and know when it’s time to strike out on your own.  

Treat your career as an experiment, taking risks and trying out new ideas and possibilities.

Pay attention to what’s going on in the larger world–other industries and occupations–and to how these trends may impact your current job and your future. 

Have a layoff plan, recognizing that no job–NO JOB–is permanent. 

Most of all, you regularly assess and develop your habits of career resilience. When you build your resilience, then you are automatically paying attention to managing your career. 

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About Paul Champion

Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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