Charting An Exciting Career Path

Ram Ramachandran, Dean and CEO in Residence, Firebird Executive Education CenterRam is an accomplished Executive offering a track record of success in leading information management practice and growing businesses by providing strong people management, robust service offerings and quality delivery

An ideal career path is worth being thankful for and signifies the quest of objectives based upon a well-trodden path. It could be as simple as being on the lookout for a position in a well-established, institution, industry or company or a more adventurous approach to experiencing different aspects of a working life. Majority of the young and career minded individuals, are befuddled about their profession and need some guidance to choose better career opportunities.

When you are serious about your education and want to build your career, at that point, you will find that there are many alternatives and occasions to settle on your calling. Regardless, an individual should discover their genuine capabilities, likes, concerns, and the territory of interest before deciding your career.

Career advice and persuasion do not work precisely the same for every body, but you can sum up and postulate for how to safeguard your professional self at different phases. This post recommends that any person considering being an employee of an organization should create a five phase pattern to chalk out their professional pursuit: Establish, Experiment, Expand, Empower and Enjoy! These pointers will help in forging a road map for your career.

1. Establish Phase:
At the start of a career, after graduating from college,individuals should seek employment in a reputed, blue-chip organization, or an institution that provides them with meaningful work experiences. The intention may be a life-long career or for a short stint to establish a foundation and move on after working for a few years. The first phase of forging a meaningful professional career is proving yourself in a business setting. There is no ideal term of this stage; however, it generally should last about six year.

Immediately upon graduating with your college degree, look for options in your chosen or related major. Be that as it may, before you apply, ensure you research thecompany to confirm that its mission, culture, values, and the group’s three-year plans align with your long-term objectives. After getting hired, be sure to follow up on the necessary actions to advance aggressively in your career.
Understand their corporate procedures, strategies and working environment culture. Tune in to the guidance of trusted specialists and emulate more established individuals who have achievements you respect.Simple planning, building solid connections, and knowing how to remain consistent with yourself will enable you to extend your career in the chosen field.

" Career advice and persuasion do not work precisely the same for everybody, but you can sum up and postulate for how to safeguard your professional self at different phases."

2. Experiment Phase:
For the subsequent five to six years, exploit the understandings gathered in the Establish phase and pick up more extensive learning of business sectors, and gain a broader knowledge of markets, products, and customers. Individuals can experiment working in other functional areas or starting something on their own. In this phase, you will learn and figure out how to roll out sensible improvements and make conscious changes in your career direction. A Masters or a doctoral qualification can be a significant mark throughout the career and it can in turn help to differentiate in the employment market.

Being part of a startup can provide immense education and test the limits of one’s abilities:

–Multitasking, risk taking, patience, and skills development. Everyone should experiment working as an entrepreneur, in a high growth business, or a new functional area at least once in their lifetime.

3.Expand Phase:
Around the age of 35, and for the next ten to twelve years, fabricate your own image and build your personal brand. Through organizational transition or by moving up the corporate ladder, anchor yourself to specific functional or business areas to make a mark of your own. At this point, you’ll need to create professional objectives for yourself and advancement of these objectives ought to incorporate a one-year and five-year design. Review the industry trends, company’s financials, competitive positioning, and leadership style to determine if it is in sync with your own desires. Engage in volunteering, social service, and networking opportunities–either through the firm or through your social connections. It is an exceptional way to meet new people. All of these things will help develop your personal imprint, which is how others perceive you and this includes characteristics such as your ethics, responsiveness, and personality. This step is vital to help you establish relationships and build a platform for future career growth.

4. Empower Phase:
At around 45 years, you have gained a certain level of industry recognition, to climb on to the exciting road of executive management. At the same time, you should become more dynamic in voluntary and social organizations, mentoring and training younger generation professionals. Participating in multiple external events and presenting in industry forums will enhance your credibility and recognition. The next fifteen years or so should be your most productive year–leading, mentoring, and flourishing. By the time you are in the 60-65 age group, you can consider the significant part of your first chapter of your career done.

The author of ‘Never Too Late to be Great’ Tom Butler-Bowdon states that the life expectancy is continually on the rise and any individual may well enjoy a productive life expectancy of 60 years, approximately from age 20 to 80. According to him, at 30an individual still has 83% of their productive life in front of them. At 40, it is 67%, and at 50, half their productive career is still left to accomplish their objectives. These benchmarks will only shift up in the years to come.

Regardless of what professional arrangement you wind up in, you can be sure that you will enter and re-enter through these five phases throughout your lifetime. Therefore, your healthier and longer lives mean you can begin new professions later than you think, or completely experience the potential in the one you are in.