Career Planning

A good alternative career planning advice that I came across. It tends to simplify career thinking. Worth some thought!!

“Some of us tend to see our goals (at work and in life) as opportunities for advancement, achievement and rewards. We think about what we might gain if we are successful in reaching them. If you are someone who sees your goals this way, you have what’s called a promotion focus.

The rest of us see our goals as being about security — about not losing everything we’ve worked so hard for. When you are prevention-focused, you want to avoid danger, fulfill your responsibilities, and be someone people can count on. You want to keep things running smoothly.”

Read on:

If you are promotion-focused, look for jobs that offer advancement and growth. Consider fast-paced industries where products and services are rapidly changing, and where the ability to identify opportunities will be essential, like the tech sector or social media. To use a sports metaphor, look for a career where you get to play offense — where boldness, speed, and outside-the-box thinking pay off.

If you are prevention-focused, look for jobs that offer you a sense of stability and security. You are good at keeping things running, at handling complexity and always having a Plan B (and C and D) ready at a moment’s notice. Consider careers where your thoroughness and attention to detail are valued — for instance, as a contract lawyer or data guru. You work best when you are playing defense — you can spot a threat a mile away, and protect your company or client from harm.

More  @ http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/the_key_to_choosing_the_right.html#comment-859167121

Culture Clash and Career Choice

Some cultures seem built to defeat others….

some are oriented towards teamwork….many just exist…

before you choose your career,look at your cultural backdrop. does it make a natural fit? else you need to be absolutely sure of liking your choice of career…..

it may just prove to be a very steep climb….like if you choose rock climbing(pun intended).