Backstory: My decision to leave L&T was reactive. While I evaluated it using some criteria, the move itself wasn’t planned. This framework is what I used when starting with Landmark in Dubai, and it also served my move to Babbel.
This is an overwhelming, topic but its important to get started! Here’s how to plan start planning your career:
- Start with a slightly long-term vision. A 4-6 year horizon intertwining your personal & professional aspiration – fueling the purpose that’ll fuel your passion.
- Broken down to define short-term milestones (next 2 years). Enhancing your toolkit: skills, business, tech acumen, or just leadership skills – towards mastery.
- An action plan. E.g. Update your resume
Basing career decisions on intuition is a bad idea 👎🏼 Whether you’re kicking off search or accepting an offer, start with figuring what you’re optimizing for.
Basically kicking yourself out of your comfort zone! In this post, we’ll get started thinking what’s important to you. Everyone has needs. Being honest with yourself and prioritizing what’s important to you will not only help decide but also trade-off between opportunity cost and risk.
Its personal. But steering life is important. Its scary and exciting. Sound boarding this with a mentor is always a good idea.
1. Opportunity & Toolkit
- Enhances your toolkit?
- Offers challenges, opportunities to learn?
- Novelty*? A new domain / technology / vertical / market
- Gives access to good mentors & a network?
- Opens new avenues in the future**?
- Offers better title***? Consider position in the organization hierarchy, competition
- Offers a better role? Influence v/s Authority, Leadership
* Novelty alone shouldn’t be a driver
** Don’t overrate future prospects when starting your career
*** Opt for a rationalized, industry-wide title
2. Goals & Passion
- Makes best use of your passion?
- Gets you a step closer to a future goal?
- Aligns with personal interests – wealth, network, travel?
- Gives a meaning, purpose to your life?
- Leaving your comfort zone?
- Chances of failing in the new role?
- Relocating to a new country/city?
- Could this be short-term? Changing jobs too often?
- Employment contract? Notice period?
- Is your gut sounding an alarm?
* Answering No means low risk, high score
** Taking no action also has its own risk