Your career starts with your current job

By Scot Herrick | Cube Rules Commentary

Oct 24

The truth, from Seth Godin and Be careful of who you work for

Your boss and your job determine not only what you do all day, but what you learn and who you interact with. Where you work is what you market. Work in a high stress place and you’re likely to become a highly stressed person, and your interactions will display that. Work for a narcissist and you’ll develop into someone who’s good at shining a light on someone else, not into someone who can lead. Work for someone who plays the fads and you’ll discover that instead of building a steadily improving brand, you’re jumping from one thing to another, enduring layoffs in-between gold rushes. Work for a bully and be prepared to be bullied.

There’s more, of course. Seth usually writes about marketing and this post is about marketing yourself. But it is also a spot-on commentary that your career starts with the job you take. All else in your career follows from that beginning.