Career Management Communication

By Scot Herrick | Job Search

Dec 05

Jason Alba asked a good question: how does the importance of career management get communicated to people?

Ignoring the tactical aspects of career management, I think the importance of career management is communicated all of the time. What isn’t working is people seeing the success of their career management planning and implementation.

But communication happens:

  • Our performance reviews should involve a discussion on the next steps within the company and/or our career.
  • Many companies and HR departments facilitate career development through tools provided to employees.

Yet, those discussions often yield little in terms of benefits to Cubicle Warriors.

  • The next step is outside the department and your manager wants to hold you just a bit more.
  • Times are tough and there is a job freeze and you can’t move within your company.
  • You evaluate what you want next in your career and you see that move being outsourced in your company within the next two years.
  • Your department was just reorganized and you have a new manager who knows little about you and you need to start over again.
  • Your department reorganized and you are not doing what you liked doing before the reorganization, much less getting you to your career aspirations.
  • Even when all of the sponsored career tasks have been completed, few talk about them in a way that moves you forward to the right area of work.

All of these things make “career management” a difficult proposition for people. “Planning a career” becomes an oxymoron. Engaging in career management becomes a waste of time because nothing ever comes of it.

Translating career management planning and work into tangible success in Corporate Earth is a tough nut to crack.

Of course, Cube Rules is all about cracking the tough nuts of career management for Cubicle Warriors. More to come.


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.

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