I have been in the recruitment industry for more than 10 years now and in all the seminars that I’ve held, I have been asked by a lot of people this question – “What are the things that I should avoid doing when I am planning my career?” What shouldn’t you do when you’re planning your career? Take note that it’s not just college kids who ask the questions, but also people who are not satisfied with where they are right now.
If you’re going to plan your career, know that it’s never too late. I have met a lot of people well over their 40s just finding the job of their dreams.
Here are some of the things that you should never do:
1.) Avoiding ladder climbs. We have to start from the bottom. When you’re planning your career, you should always consider the fact that you’re going to start somewhere and that somewhere is the BOTTOM. Before I became an HR specialist, I worked as an assistant for close to 3 years. If you’re aiming for a managerial position, plan the steps of the ladder. Know how you’re going to start and aim for that before you start your climb.
2.) Avoiding career counselling. What better way to help you plan your future than to talk to a counsellor? Career counsellors will help create your career path or clarify your career goals. College students will have access to these specialists, and they come in the form of their counsellors. These specialists aren’t just there to help you with your problems, but they will find the time to help you plan for the future.
3.) Avoiding continuing education. A couple of years ago, I talked to someone who wanted to be a headhunter. He has a background in business management, but he lacks the skills needed to be a headhunter. I advised him to take up I/O or industrial/organizational psychology classes to equip him with the skills he needs, but he declined. 2 years later, he came back to me and told me that he has had no luck. I told him to take up the classes and he did. He got his Master’s in Industrial Psychology in 2 years and is now working with me. Master’s degrees and PHDs should always be a part of your career planning because they will help you secure your dream job or career. Remember, an undergraduate degree can only take you so far.
Time and time again, I have reminded my clients of what they should do and shouldn’t do. The little things can still make or break your career plans, so pay attention to what you are doing and what you will be doing.